Sunday, February 22, 2009

C'est les vacances!!

These past few weeks have thankfully passed by very quickly. I'm finally on vacation! Woo-hoo! Unfortunately to begin the vacation, I have 6€ which won't go very far. Thankfully February is a short month and I'll hopefully be paid within the next few days. I'll need it to go to Normandy for the following week. Christophe and I and a friend are planning on doing a France road trip from the east to the West coast with a stop over to Versailles. Last year I did a similar trip to Brittany to visit Rennes and the Mont St. Michel, but this year we're driving a few kilometers farther to visit the Beaches of Normandy from WWII and to also visit some museums and well known cities. On the agenda is visiting Caen, Deauville, and maybe Cherbourg. Other than this voyage, a ski trip might be in order this week. The monthly budget will have to be strictly followed during this vacation or I'll quickly find myself with 50€ for all of March.

In other news, Christophe and I bought a mixer/food processor to facilitate our cooking. We also bought electric beaters so I think i'm going to attempt to make a soufflé of some sort. I found a video cooking blog on the NY times website and I've fallen in love. I'm going to attempt some of his recipes. I need to remember to document my attempts so that I can post pictures to the blog.

Lastly, this week, my students celebrated Carnavale, the annual event where people dress up in crazy costumes and faire la fête (party) in order to prepare for Lent. It was so cold but the kids had a blast. I also ate one too many beignets, a traditional Carnavale snack, which I guess is the equivalent to small pieces of sugary fried dough. I had a pretty bad stomache ache at the end of the day...

To those who are en vacances (on vacation), enjoy!


Milk Jam said...

have a great time in normandy!!! if you need any recommendations for things to do see, feel free to ask :-)

Milk Jam said...

well since you've already seen mt. saint michel you've got that covered. it all depends on the weather really... as far as cherbourg goes its a nice town but i wouldn't go out of your way to come here unless you have to see cite de la mer (which is way expensive, i've never been) but if the weather is beautiful there are SO many cute towns/villages (Saint Vaast on the manche side) and drives to go on out here on the peninsula.

then there are of course the d-day beaches which are a must see, rain or shine. point du hoc is my favorite spot, its all left as is and is more impressive then Juno or Sword beaches which are by Caen.

Must sees would be Bayeux (and the tapestry) and if you're interested in D-day stuff then the Memorial is amazing and worth the price!

The Suisse Normande is also beautiful as well as the pays d'auge near Lisieux - check out Beuvron en Auge if you're in the area. I also LOVE Honfleur and never get tired of going there, Deauville is a bit too Parisian for me, to bling bling unless that's your style ;-)

Basically there's tons to see depending on what you guys like and the weather. Right now its really nice out, warm and mostly sunny - i'll keep my fingers crossed that it stays that way for you!!

au soleil levant said...

Have a great vacation! Can't wait to see pics!

Katie said...

Milk Jam - thank you for your suggestions! I'll let you know what I ended up seeing!

au soleil levant- thanks a lot! I'll be sure to put up all of pictures!