Lunch at L’Estaminet de L’Andouiller

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Restaurants and cafes / Wander
Stuffed quail

When we think of French food, it’s cliché to think of gourmet food made with rich butter and plenty of cream. Then in France, especially in the very traditional towns, I observe that most people are in fact very slim and seem like they are in great health. How does this work out? Oh, the other very cliché part of French cuisine is imagining tiny portions on the plate.

During this summer I have been very lucky to be able to experience great homemade French food, at a home, every day. The truth is that the daily dishes were very high in salads and lower in meats. They were definitely low in creamy things or things bathed in fat. A little bit of butter can be spread on the bread. And plenty of gorgeous summer fruits were the normal for dessert.

That must be how the French people stay so slim!

One day during the weekend, however, we went for a ride into the amazing countryside to have lunch at L’Estaminet de L’Andouiller, in a village called Douriez. I had published this map in a previous post but I think Douriez was a bit blurry. I’ve circled it here in blue.

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When Photographs Tell a Different Story

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Photography / Ponder
Bonjour Ginger Kitty

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

- Ansel Adams

This summer I’ve met a cute ginger kitty a few times in the street. He would meow and let me pat him. I believe he lives in a house nearby because he looked well fed, lovely and soft. He will be my muse for the photographs in this post.

We often read about how a picture captures a moment, it tells a story, it brings to life what the photographer is feeling or seeing through the lens. But is it always?

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Scenes from Lately {Northern France Edition}

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Photography / Places / Ponder / Wander
Rooftop Le Touquet market

If you fly to France in one minute, you could go straight into the sunset, right from noon. Unfortunately, France is too far away for that. But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need to do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like…

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

This summer I’ve been spending some time in the North of France. I’ve already dedicated my last few posts to this beautiful place, and still plan to dedicate a few more, but for now here is a summary of some memories that I’ve visually made through my Instagram.

The picture above is the roof of an open market in the coast town of Le Touquet.

One of the things I adore about being in the North of France is how we can enjoy both the sea and the beautiful countryside. When it’s sunny and the weather is mild everything seems perfect. However, the normal thing that occurs here is that after a few sunny days, there are always some cold rainy days, which aren’t great for going to the beach at all.

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A Bicycle Ride to the Fromagerie Where It All Began

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Food shopping / Places / Wander
Caseus cheese Montreuil

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins,  and in this way only.

- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

There is that saying that goes you are what you eat. One of my favourite foods is cheese. We could say that I am like a cheese.

The other day we did a bicycle ride to Montreil-sur-Mer. We visited the beautiful Fromagerie Caseus, which coincidentally is the point where I began my blog, and bought a few French cheeses of course. The bicycle ride spanned a total of 40km through the Northern French countryside with plenty of painful uphill slopes. There were a few breezy downhill ones too. Just for the record, yes I was sore the next day.

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Croissants in France

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Food shopping / Wander
Croissants France

At last I’ve had some croissants for breakfast this morning in France. There were no fireworks, nor did gorgeous light pink butterflies beat their wings in joy all around me. In fact, it wasn’t the magical experience I was irrationally hoping for.

Just in case you are disappointed, please don’t be because the brioche sucrée that I had afterwards was truly amazing.

Anyhow, this morning I learnt that the straight croissants, like the ones I ate pictured here, are made without butter. The crab shaped croissants are the ones made with butter. Fancy that. I had always thought that the shapes were due to how the baker felt like making them, but apparently it’s a not so secret code about their butter content.

Next time I’ll have the crab shaped ones. I’m sure those will make my croissant loving heart flutter. Which ones would you prefer?

Thank you for reading!