South of France Bureau

My dear friend Elspeth spends much of her summer at her cottage in Ontario and often refers to it as the “northern branch of EC Consulting”. I like this idea so much I am stealing it. And this last week, Vacqueyras has truly been the South of France branch of my office.

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Home. Happy.

Another year has passed and I am finally back “home” in Provence. I now have the time and motivation to get back to writing. This blog is a journal really; a memoir so when I get hazy, I can go back and relive some of my most treasured moments.

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Crazy Weather Lady

People always ask why I leave for the summer. Why on earth would you want to leave when the weather is so nice? The short answer, I leave to get an actual summer. A real one, where temperatures are around 30 degrees consistently and the sun shines. You feel heat, even in the shade. That’s why I leave.

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Cinq à Sept, Apéro Time

Cinq à sept is a Quebecois term for cocktail hour. The term is not generally used in France, but I find it a delightful turn of phrase, which literally refers to the hours between five and seven pm. A time to unwind after work and enjoy a drink with friends before dinner.

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Et Alors?

Et alors, c’est fini. That’s it; it’s all over for another season. Zoom, zip, swoosh. It went by in the blink of an eye. How did it go from summer to autumn so quick, and why did it feel like I was only in Provence for a week?

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In Sickness and in Health

When we picture ourselves in a beautiful part of the world, we picture everything being absolutely perfect. Perfect blue skies, perfect sunshine, perfect food, perfect company and perfect temperatures. We never imagine something average, or heaven forbid something below average.

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Mountains are Hard

This is a fact. They are hard: hard weather, hard surfaces, and really, really hard to climb. This past week we went for our annual pilgrimage to the Alps for some beautiful vistas, fresh alpen air, catching up with friends and of course, cycling.

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Working Stiff

The sky was perfectly blue, the sun shining. There was beer and wine and snackage awaiting me. But there was also work and lots of it. So I just stared outside and was glad at least there was a little Mistral, so I could convince myself I was not missing too much.

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Travel Magic

Travelling is a pretty crazy concept. It’s so strange to think that one minute you can be in your everyday life, then a few hours later in a completely different world. These last few weeks I’ve spanned almost half the globe (at least I think I have).

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