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!

A Night of Moules-Frites

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Restaurants and cafes / Wander
Mussels

I had always wanted to try mussels with French fries every time I go to the North of France. Alas it seemed to be that it was never the season whenever I was there. Finally, the we recently had dinner in a bistrot that served moules-frites so I jumped at the chance!

Mr. H. had often talked about the moules frites from the North of France, so I simply assumed that they were originally from there. Then my friend Sunny, who lives in Belgium, told me that they are originally from Belgium. I looked it up in Wikipedia and she’s right. But then the North of France touches the Belgian border and is like Belgium in many ways anyway.

The mussels we had were bouchot mussels. I didn’t know what these were. Mr. H. explained that they are mussels grown on wooden posts by the sea. the bouchot system makes barnacle free, grit free muscles which are also meatier and better in flavour. He reminded me that I made some photos of some bouchots last year when we were visiting a Northern French seaside village. I’ve dug around my photos and here they are. I think these bouchots aren’t in use anymore, as they would be taller and better maintained.

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Wildlife Photos by My Brother

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Photography / Places / Ponder / Wander
Birds

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

- Albert Einstein

My brother, who lives in Australia, just made a trip to the North Eastern part of Australia to spend some time in the forest and by the sea. He has always loved nature, and has recently taken up wildlife photography, so I’ve been very excited to see the awesome photos he’s been making.

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