The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.
Welcome or welcome back to All About France, the place to link up and read the best articles about France on the interwebs! Somehow it's suddenly October which should mean autumn although seeing as there's no sign of it here yet in the South of France it's hard to imagine it's anything but summer still. Long may that last, I'm definitely not one of those who love autumn best.
In fact it's still so summery at Lou Messugo that we're eating salads outside not stews and pumpkins indoors and in the spirit of making summer last as long as possible I'm linking up something I wrote about the most famous of all local food, the salade niçoise. I hope you enjoy it. And in other news....we're going to Vietnam in the coming school holidays and I can't tell you how excited we all are. For those of you who are new here you might not be aware that I met my husband JF in Hanoi in the 1990s when we were both living and working there. This will be our first trip back since we left almost exactly 20 years ago and the first time ever for our kids.
And because of this I'm exceptionally changing the date of the next link-up to the 2nd Thursday of the month not the 1st. Please note next time will be Thursday 10th November. And also because of this please bear with me if I'm slow to comment on your links. I will be cutting right back on social media while away though I will be posting on Instagram using the hashtag #gudulesauvietnam if you want to follow along.
Back to today, here are my favourites from last time, good to see some new bloggers linking up and if you haven't already read these particular four I recommend you pop over and do so now.
The prettiest places for tea in Lyon by La Vie en C-Rose
The best things to do with kids in Paris by Suitcases and Sandcastles
The France I love by Oui in France
Not another post about the Eiffel Tower by Le Rosbeef
Last time I introduced a new challenge to encourage comments and I'm pleased to announce the winner is Rosie from Eco-gites of Lenault who commented on a generous 15 of the posts linked up, closely followed by Tanja from The Red Phone Box Travels who didn't even link up herself, just had a great session reading and commenting! Amazing! It was interesting going back over all the comments and seeng just who did and who didn't play by the rules....there was still one person who linked and ran without commenting on anything not even mine, grrr if it happens again that person will be banned!
All About France is a monthly blog linky, linking up blog posts about France. These posts can be freshly scribbled or from your archives as a way of bringing new life to an old article. There is no date limit and the only rule for subject matter is that it is about France in some way. This can mean French language, French food, French style, French literature, expat life in France, French expats abroad or travel in France among other things. The linky (usually) opens on the 1st Thursday of each month and stays open for a week.
• You can link up one post, old or new as long as it's about France/French.• Please make sure you include the All About France badge at the bottom of your post or in the sidebar of your blog, or a hyper-link back to me (the code is below).• Please comment on the host's posts and at least two others, the more the merrier. Blog linkys only work if you're generous with your comments and shares.• Please use the hashtag #AllAboutFrance when sharing on social media.• Don't forget you can join the Pinterest board and pin your post to it for extra exposure.
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Thanks for hosting again and thanks for the mention. There are always such interesting posts on #AllABoutFrance so I can't really understand why people would just link and not read others ... which is what I am off to do now ... read that is, not run!
Always a pleasure to have you invloved Rosie :-) have a good read
Looking forward to another great round up. Always find it a fab place for travel inspiration. Have a great trip back to Vietnam too.
Thanks so much for putting this together, Phoebe, as always ;-)
You're welcome Diane!
I love reading about what others are doing during the change of seasons in France. In Australia we are getting ready for a warm and sunny summer. Today's high is 29degrees and it's only just spring! Enjoy your autumn weather Phoebe
Oh you're in for a hot one! It's still warm here in the South of France, October is always a lovely time of year here and I used to love it in Australia too, usually taking my first dip in the sea around my birthday in early October.
Oh wow Vietnam will be a fabulous trip for you all. I hope you have an amazing time! Thanks for hosting this great linky once again xx
I'm sure it'll be a blast, we all can't wait!
Have an amazing time in Vietnam Phoebe! I've still not made it there so look forward to reading about your adventures. Thanks for hosting #allaboutfrance
Thanks Elizabeth. I fear I'll have so much to say that I won't rite anything!!
Have a wonderful time in Vietnam.
I've linked a post tonight and will come back tomorrow to comment on others. Missed the linky last month because just too busy but back in the saddle this month.
Great to have you back Vanessa
Have a great time in Vietnam. I expect an old fashioned post card!
You'll get one or even three, maybe 4, don't worry!
Thanks to everyone who came to visit my blog last month! You guys had such nice things to say about my post "The Prettiest Places to Have Tea in Lyon." Looking forward to checking out all the posts for this month's All About France!
That's good to hear CatherineRose
Thanks so much for including my post on Paris as one of your favourites, Phoebe. I haven't got any French posts to link up this month but should be able to link up in November after my trip to Normandy. The posts this month all look so enticing - I shall revisit later to read!
Look forward to reading your take on Normandy
Have a great time in our wonderful Normandy!
Ha, I finally remember to check in without a (kind!) tweet to remind me, and now here you go changing the date on me! lol Have a great trip, and thanks for hosting!
Sorry for mucking things around!
Thanks, Phoebe. The weather up here in the south Vienne is still gorgeous, too, warm enough to eat out at lunchtime and enjoy a nice Nice salad.
Have a great time in Vietnam, a part of the world I would love to see, and look forward to reading all about it when you are back.
I hope I don't just have too much to say that I don't know where to start and never write about our trip!
Thank you for organising today's link-up, Phoebe. I hope you have a lovely visit to Vietnam - it's still on our list. I'll be interested to read your posts on your return.
I hope I don't disappoint with my writings about Vietnam....
Enjoy Vietnam. Shocking though! postponing #AllAboutFrance by AN ENTIRE WEEK. Tsk.
I know right? Will you cope?
Have a great time in Vietnam, we have friends who have been over there for a year and they are having a fantastic time & we really must try to get over as it's somewhere we'd love to visit. Thanks for hosting again & sorting it all out for next month too. As I'm down here on my own at the moment I have plenty of reading time, so will look forward to catching up on this month's links. J
I wonder where your friends live Julie? You really must try and visit them while they are there it's such an amazing country.