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That was the week…

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEvery Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.

Some of these you may have seen yourselves.

And some of them you may have missed.

I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.

This isn’t a top-ten listing.

They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.




that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1).  One of my favourite recent reviews was The Au Pair Project.

Lauren seems to have the knack of making fun of some of the ups and downs of life.

As she says in a recent post (rather  tiredly, I suspect?) here… “I live in the same apartment as the family, which happens to be a single dad. Just keep in mind that my room lies in between his and the girls’. Just keep in mind that single parents still date and sometimes those dates are successful. Three hours of success!”

Hmm… I wonder what she means?

This week she also excelled with her Pre-Au Pair Guide which should be required reading for anyone thinking of looking after (or, maybe, even having) children.

Personally, I’m not going near another child until I’ve read every word!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Gigi, “the failed wife and poet, terrible teacher and unworthy mother of three beautiful girls” over at French Windows is surely a great contender for the Rant of the Week Award for her post about Measlyjet!

This is what she has to say about the Nasty Easyjet Employee“Oh look, three French teenagers. I hate kids, I hate foreigners and I’ve got my period. I’m going enjoy this.”

Or this… “I don’t like you, you revolting French adolescent. Give me that bag, I’m going to measure it. Well, it’s two centimetres too big so I’ll round that off to four centimetres and you’ll have to pay me eighteen pounds.”

Hey, there’s plenty more ranting going on at French Windows so I suggest you pop over and take a look….

… before Gigi gets taken away, foaming at the mouth, by those nice men in white coats.

By the way, if you happen to be one of those nice men in white coats… I’d stock up on the Ketamine if I was you!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). And how could I not mention Fly in the Web at French Leave when, in her post about All things being equal… she writes so well about Costa Rican knickers and an encounter with a young woman on boarding the Eurostar.

The great delight of this post is, however, one of the best rants I’ve heard from a non-pregnant expat in France!

I’d love to have been there just to hear the snotty waiter say… “Madame, as a foreigner, does not understand the subtleties of French cuisine.”

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4).  Parisian Fields deserves a mention for the rather tasty post detailing A Flâneur’s Advice on Parking in Paris.

Not only was there some sensible advice for anyone stupid enough to consider driving in Paris, there was also quite a lot about that most wonderful of things, the Citroen 2CV!

And there were photos too!

I just loved the… “the colour-coordinated foam and duct tape on this Citroën 2CV!”

And it’s blue!  And, as we all know (or should do by now), the blue ones go faster!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5).  I thought I’d mention Clare at Dordogne Quilter for her post Out and about in Dordognefordshire.

Some lovely photos (especially the last one) and a reminder that not all the English have gone back home?

Or what about the photo of Mr Marco, the walnut picker? As Clare says… “The big plantations pick mechanically, but us poor people have to wait for the wind and rain to bring them down and then get aching backs and black hands!”


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OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…

Of course, it’s Awards Time!

And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!

This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Blog of the Week has been won by Ronell at My French Kitchen.

I can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed this glorious site yet but I thought that I already had.

I keep popping in for a visit

And this week, I was stunned by Ronell’s post about Artichokes with Figs… and a little bit of Paris.

A perfect post; wonderful food beautifully described, perfect photos and a friend modelling an umbrella in Paris.

What more could you want?

Ronell, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Now for the rest of the awards….

Firstly, the Blogiversaries….

Sarah at Three Years in Provence celebrated her first blogiversary. Congratulations, Sarah. Let’s hope there are many more (or, two, I suppose, at least!)

Lucy, at Box Elder, celebrated her 4th blogiversary. I’m not sure if she did anythign special to celebrate but I bet she took Mol out for a walk?

Congratulations Lucy, congratulations Mol!

And Gillian at A Bitch About Brittany celebrated her third blogiversary.

Gillian and family, hope your trip back wasn’t too rough.


So, onto the most eagerly awaited awards – the ones that are awarded to those bloggers who try that little bit harder to lighten our day or just dismay us with their antics.

And talking of antics, let start off by awarding this week’s Rant of the Week Award to Amber at Travelling Amber for her delightful Going Postal (my turn.)

It was a bit of a surprise as Amber won last week’s Award for being Nice (or something like that.)

There must be something about pregnant expats and post offices?

The You’ve Got a Bad Reputation Girl Award goes to none other than Candy at Candy Froggie’s Lair for her Reputation (not fake)

Yes, I suppose it must be worrying when people start pouring your drinks two at a time?

Heather at Secrets of Paris wins this week’s French Parking Photo Award for N’Importe Quoi Photo of the week.

And I do have to say that it’s damn handy that I’ve started buying these awards in bulk because April (or Wendy, I’m never sure which?) at Le Franco Phoney also wins a French Parking Photo Award for Parking, French Style.

Double honours for Amy75 at C’est la me… for winning the Bobbing for Internal Organs Award for I feel Sick and then going on to win the Supporting Small Local Shops in my Quartier Award with Your Friend in Paris.

Now, this is just a wild guess, Amy but… would I be right in imagining that you don’t order a lot of rognons de veau when you do you local weekend shopping. You really should try them, they’re delicious!

And, talking of things that you think taste horrible but when you try them they actually turn out to be delicious….

Sara Louise at Sara Louise in Le Petit Village wins this week’s Award for Eating Things That At First Look Absolutely Disgusting but Actually Turn out to be Delicious – detailed lovingly in The Art of Relaxation in which she eats not one but twenty snails!

Way to go, girl!

And yes! Garlic does offer compete protection against Nazi Ghost Zombies as well as pretty much everything else!

And still on the subject of delicious food, Cees over at Life around Cormatin, Taizé, Cluny – Burgundy wins this week’s Award for Almost Raving about Andouilette! with his post called Local Specialities.

All I can say, Cees, is that the taste grows on you and some people, myself included, find that Pig’s Poo smell the ultimate aphrodisiac!

Merewoman at the recently re-designed No Damn Blog wins the rarely awarded (generally because there are no survivors) Award for Surviving The Dawn Of the Gnomes!

This is a s a result of her post.. Gnomes. don’t come here

Let me tell you, they’re everywhere….

And they don’t know that they’re Gnomes!

And finally, The Stalking Paris Boots Award goes to Carol at Paris Breakfast for her handily titled Stalking Paris Boots.

Personally, I don’t know how women can put them on, let alone actually walk in them. But then, I’m just a mere man?

And with that, folks, I must leave you.

It’s becoming like a book warehouse here with competition prizes and other giveaways piling up.

I guess we’re going to have to have some competitions and giveaways pretty damn soon or else I won’t be able to get into the office!

Watch this space!

All the best

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8 Comments

  • By lauren, November 9, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    I’m glad my misery could provide some entertainment! As always, I enjoy learning about great blogs through your reviews!
    Thanks!

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 9, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    in dolor unus usquequaque reperio gaudium

    And shouldn’t you being doing the kids’ breakfast or losing them on the way to school or something?

    You’ll never win Au Pair of the week award if carry on this way!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Clare, November 9, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    Thanks for the mention. See you’ve found Carol’s blog – Paris Breakfasts. Doesn’t she take some amazing shots?

  • By Susie, November 9, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this precious award, and for the warning that the little beasts are all around. I have loaded my air rifle. :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 9, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Susie – you’ll need more than an air rifle! For gnomes (of the garden kind), nothing less than a blunderbuss will work!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I like the new blog layout.

  • By Norman R. Ball, November 9, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    Glad you liked the 2CV with duct tape and foam. For more mobile fun check out the 8 October posting “Scooting Through Paris” to find one of Raphael’s cherubs on a Vespa.
    Cheers, Norman
    http://parisianfields.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/scooting-through-paris/

  • By fly in the web, November 9, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the rant…so did I, some days afterwards!

  • By Myfrenchkitchen, November 10, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    hi Keith..
    thank you so much for the award and the lovely compliment…I am flattered and surely appraciate it. It is wa nice to also see so many interesting sites that I don’t know about. Thank you!
    If you could send me the coed I can try and put it up in my sidebar…not always easy with wordpress, especially with javascript, but I can try.
    Thanks!
    Ronelle

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