Yes, it's me, here I am, I'm finally back! For those of you who don't know, I've been on holiday for the past two weeks, only getting back home Sunday. I realise I've slacked off a bit, seeing as I could have been writing new posts since I've been back home, but the truth is, my head's kinda been all over the place. I won't go into details of my personal life, but aside from that, feeling lazy and tired from all the travelling, and just being busy in general, I've struggled to just get my head down and get something new out!
But today I've pushed myself to do it. Mainly because:
1. I miss blogging, the community, you guys who read what I have to say.
2. I figured it can only improve my mood for me to have something to focus on.
3. I really wanna get back into things, and start taking this seriously again. It's going to be hard because I have even limited time than I did before (I'll be studying during these summer holidays) but I'm determined to create some kind of schedule that works for me!
Let's crack on with what I've been up to the past fortnight!
Every summer, me and my family make it almost like a tradition to travel to the south of France for a two-week holiday. This hasn't been the case for every year (some holidays have involved caravan parks - we're not made of money!) but for the most part, this is where we go. The villa we went to this year was one I'd actually been to when I was only about 11 years old - told you we'd been going a while! So, it was quite a strange, but nice experience.
The villa resides in a pretty, rural area of France - the building is actually a converted barnhouse, so still contains many of the old stone walls! I have to admit, I'm not much of a countryside girl - I'd rather be in the city, with the shops, modern built houses, and cleanliness. Here it's quite the opposite - little villages containing the occasional weekly market and cafe's, very much old fashioned houses, and floors, walls, and furniture crawling with creepy insects!
After spending much of my time here over the years, however, a part of me has grown to love it. Sure, the sickly heat can make it a bit unbearable at times along with everything else (thank god for air conditioning in the car), but, saying that, the country is growing on me. And by that I don't just mean France - I mean the countryside in general!
The nearest village/town closest to us, is Eymet, and is packed full of little bars, restaurants, and bakery's - you'll never be short of a croissant around here! Right in the centre of the attractions is this gorgeous fountain, and every Tuesday night, the area will be lit up with curtains, stalls, and clothes racks for the wonderful night markets. It's very much a tourist friendly place, and there is so much diversity here - as well as Cafe De Paris, there's also Kismet - a nice little English cafe where the majority of us will invade!
We were staying in a small area nearby named Dordogne (or something along those lines) and one of my favourite things about the house was, of course, the pool! As well as a stunning view to look at over the hedges and terrace, it was wonderful having our own private pool to dive into after sunbathing on the deck chairs. The quiet, secluded atmosphere of this place is one of the reasons I've grown to love the idea of a hidden home in the country - besides for some of our neighbours nearby singing aloud every morning - and quite badly too!
Despite living in a very much secluded, quiet area, you're not too far a distance away from some great attractions and activities. If you can tolerate the hour car journey down to Calais (hey, I had to travel a total of 20 hours in the car just to get to the villa, I'm sure you can handle it) then I absolutely recommend a trip on the canoes. The river stretches for miles and miles, and I can assure you, you will witness some incredible views along the way. And don't worry - a van comes to pick you up after you're done!
My diet changes once I'm in France, but trust me - I wasn't complaining. Okay that's a lie, maybe I did once or twice because I ate so much of the same things I made myself want to give up food for life, but hell did I enjoy it! As well as croissants and pain au chocolats, of course, one of my other favourite appetisers is crepes. I know, they do them in England too, but they're just not he same. They're not a thing here in England. But in France, it's as if they worship them. I had them at the hotel we stayed at along the way which included free breakfast slumped with nutella, we bought some to have whilst we were in the villa, drizzled in maple syrup, and then we found this creperie in Eymet. This one has hot choclate sauce, ice cream, flaked almonds, and whipped cream on. It was delicious.
Ah, probably my favourite place we ventured to whilst I was here. The lovely town of Bergerac! Just look at the flower petal decorations dangling from building to building - so many different colours, and so beautiful. I only wish they did this kind of stuff in my home town Southport!
But, I loved Bergerac for many other reasons. Firstly, the shops - they had a Sephora, which was way too expensive for me to afford, and plenty of nice, cheap clothes shops! I actually got a bag while I was here too, for only 12 euros. I'll have to get a picture of it for my next post.
And, besides the wonderful clothes shops, they also had gazillions of even better restaurants - and ice cream shops! I got a nutella one, and it was perfect. (Yes, I am obsessed with nutella, or anything chocolate).
This was a view from outside our house at about 10 o'clock I think. The skies and sunsets are so beautiful.
And, if you're interested by a bit of medieval history, you need to pay a visit to one of these castles. I'm not all that interested, I'll be honest, but even I can't deny how amazing it was!
In my next post, which will either come tomorrow or Saturday, I'm gonna basically document some favourite outfits of mine I wore on holiday. Put a bit of a fashion twist on things again ;-)
I'm not sure I'm a total convert of the countryside yet.. it may take a lot more convincing. But as a holiday home every summer? Count me in. Either way, I'm still considering Paris!
Have you been on holiday anywhere this year? Which do you prefer - the country or city?
Hope you all have an amazing day!