Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fall update from Bordeaux, School, Work and the beauty of the region- Where has the time gone?

Cap Ferret, Work, Back to school, moving.....
Cap Ferret - looking at the Dune du Pyla

Where has the time gone? It seems to pass at warp speed these days!!  I have finally have found some time to focus on the blog a bit, now that it's slow tourist season.  Additionally, it's giving me some time to settle in, and unpack the new house.

I'll back up a bit....if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might be aware that I moved into a new house about 6 weeks ago.  This move a bit complicated by the fact that Bordeaux is a highly desirable place to live these days and it's highly competitive to find housing to rent.

Luckily, I was able to take my time to find the right place - about 5 months!  But that's another post - and I promise I will include more photos of the new house - which I adore!!

We have been enjoying a warm and sunny Fall here in Bordeaux.  It's the end of November and yes, it's finally getting cold...but as I look back on our Fall - it was quite fun.  I'm looking forward to the holiday season which is right here - I adore the lights and festivities of the season.
My youngest and me enjoying some family time during vacation.
The girls are now in High school (Premier/or 11th grade, 4eme or 8th grade and CM2 or 5th grade).  I have one in each school - elementary, middle and high school.  We are still in Pessac and they are in general all happy with their classes.  My youngest changed schools this year - so she would be with students who will be going to the same middle school next year.  She's adjusted very well. We had Fall break in October and my youngest daughter , was even able to spend a few days at work with me..  She enjoyed following her mother around French markets, touring a wine chateau and walking through a medieval village. (If you are one of my Viking clients and you are reading might have seen her and all her energy!)

We did enjoy some family touring out on Cap Ferret and in Bordeaux also during break.  Truthfully, there is so much here and around us - it's nice to do a bit of a stay-cation.  Also, as my 2 older daughters are more and more independent - they love spending time with their friends, so it's harder to do things as a complete family. So I take what I can get and we have been able to enjoy some fun moments together.

Always fun to bring my daughter to work!

Art Museum in Libourne - a third statue!
For me this Fall, it was a bit of non-stop work, as guides we were in high demand and often worked many days straight.  I adore touring clients through the wine regions of the Medoc, Saint Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes.  Mixing in history of the region and city balanced out my weeks.  Then there was always the nice trips to see the Oyster farmers in the Arcachon Bassin.  Again, so much to see and so little time often!  Balance all that touring with a move and starting a new school year and I very much enjoyed those great wine tastings!!  (and then some!!)
Chateau Giscours - Tasting and tour with clients
Chateau Siaurac - always peaceful to walk through the parc 
 My plan is to continue sharing our life and this region with you.  I have so many fun photos to share and great areas that I've just visited:  like Cognac and Pineau, a visit to Cap Ferret, a listing of some wonderful wine vineyards that do an impressive job with tourism, our vacations this summer in the Alps, Lyon, & Marseilles.. .We will be touring around France with my various posts....this is just beginning so stay tuned, as they say!

In the mean time, are you planning to visit Bordeaux sometime soon?  or even to France?  How's your French?

Just for taking the time to read this update - I wanted to offer a special - one month free of French lessons with Frantastique.  I love this program as it's great for all levels - it will assess your level and then give you the lessons you need.  If you are a beginner - or even if you are just looking for a refresher:  It's perfect - plus you can do it on your own time - all on-line.

Have a great rest of the week - and Happy Weekend.  Stop by again soon!  

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