Shortened Words in French

Shortened Words in French

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s tried to learn a language and then put it into practice in a native-speaking country that the French language spoken in France, by French people, can be quite different from the language you studied at school....
What is Pain d’Epices?

What is Pain d’Epices?

Christmas in France is all about food and at this time of year you see supermarket shelves and market stalls groaning with piles of delicious festive specialities. One of these, found at no other time of year, is pain d’épices. This tasty pâtisserie comes in various...
Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France from the UK or Northern Europe is very doable, even pleasurable, particularly if you make the journey part of the fun and take your time.  Many of the guests at Lou Messugo drive from the UK, Paris, Belgium and Germany and while there...
A Mongolian Odyssey

A Mongolian Odyssey

I originally wrote this piece about a Mongolian odyssey in 2015. It was a guest post for a series on memorable journeys on The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide and I have decided to repost it here as that website is no longer active. I’ve taken some crazy...
School’s Back!

School’s Back!

School’s back! High school started again in France this week. Primary had already gone back a couple of weeks ago. This is the new normal. Masks are obligatory for high schoolers and teachers.  In our collège (middle school) the classes are split in two.  Half...
Travel Freely in France

Travel Freely in France

Big news in France. Phase 2 of deconfinement has been announced. From June 2nd we will be allowed to travel freely in France.  Restaurants, beaches, parks and museums will open (with social distancing rules in place). This is great news for tourism and for little...
A May Long Weekend Trip

A May Long Weekend Trip

May is normally a great month for a long weekend trip. With all its public holidays making 3-4 day weekends we usually take the opportunity to explore the region. We jump in the car and head off within a roughly 3 hour radius. Over the last few years we’ve been...
Déconfinement: End of Lockdown

Déconfinement: End of Lockdown

The great excitement this week has been déconfinement – the partial relaxing of lockdown. As of Monday 11 May in the green areas of France, (see my last post for explanation) we have been able to leave our homes without an attestation (permit), stay out for...
Going Green

Going Green

This week at Lou Messugo it’s been all about going green. We’ve been eagerly watching the deconfinement map of France change colour while watching the new grass in the garden growing before our eyes. Deconfinement Map Going Green All eyes have been on the...
Roquefort Market

Roquefort Market

Our local market in Roquefort les Pins has opened again, albeit under rather different conditions.  There are only a handful of stalls and a strict one-way system in place with lots of barriers.  However, if it means we can get fresh local produce and get outside...
Nostalgia in Lockdown – Travel Memories

Nostalgia in Lockdown – Travel Memories

Lockdown is making me nostalgic for past travels. This week it’s all about nostalgia in lockdown and travel memories as it’s been hard not to think about where we should have been right now.  We are supposed to be on the beautiful island of St Martin with...
Craft Beer on the French Riviera

Craft Beer on the French Riviera

It’s Friday evening apéro time and I’m trying to decide which beer to drink for my apéritif. Despite being in lockdown, or in fact strangely, thanks to being in lockdown, I have an unusually large and varied selection of craft beers from French Riviera independent...
The Ups and Downs of Lockdown

The Ups and Downs of Lockdown

The ups and downs of lockdown became evident this week. I began on a high and ended on a low. Easter was lovely, despite being just us, no extended family like most years, we had a great time. As I hadn’t been in shops in the days before Easter I hadn’t...
Finding Contentment in Confinement

Finding Contentment in Confinement

It’s been a good week with seemingly lots going on in our lockdown life. After three and a half weeks we’re finding contentment in confinement. Our tech skills are improving and we’ve been having fun with backdrops for Zoom get-togethers (which now...
Lou Messugo is 10!

Lou Messugo is 10!

We are 10! Lou Messugo is 10 years old this week, happy birthday to us! Lou Messugo is 10 We welcomed our very first guests on 6th April 2010. Kathy and Nick from Aberdeen were grandparents of a classmate of one of our kids, visiting France from Scotland.  They took a...
Lockdown Rhythm

Lockdown Rhythm

Our lockdown this week beats fairly consistently to the rhythm of gardening and baking with a first-time family walk and another hole in the fence apéro breaking up the boredom. That’s about all there is to say about the lockdown rhythm at Lou Messugo during...
How to Travel Without Travelling

How to Travel Without Travelling

There are times in our lives when we dream of travel but it’s not possible.  This may be due to financial, health or time constraints or something more sinister such as the world is facing right now with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.  Personally I dream of travel...
Quarantine Reality at Lou Messugo

Quarantine Reality at Lou Messugo

This week quarantine reality at Lou Messugo gets boring! We’ve been getting into a rhythm of croquet – lots of croquet – technology and finding the best way to shop for groceries. We’ve tried Leclerc Drive (“click-and-collect”)...

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