A Taste of Garlic

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). Personally, I just love blog posts that start off with the words….

“On Sunday, we woke up with the itch…”

Doesn’t it just make you want to know what they were getting up to the night before?

Whatever it was, Liene from Femme au foyer seemed to get it sorted out after a quick trip to Puy des Goules.

I must remember that place the next time I wake up with an itch!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). And Gwan at Where in the world is Gwannel Sandiego? was very keen to tell us that she was….

Back to School and…

Not going to be… “studying the Marquis de Sade and The Story of O!”

She was also very keen to tell us a joke that somehow involved cardboard boxes but…

I understood that less than I understood her lack of desire (indeed, one could say frigidity?) to studying that great novel by Anne Desclos (under the pen name Pauline Réage.)

Still, I suppose it takes all sorts?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Do you ever have those weird dreams where you are locked in a hotel room full of cheerleaders and…

And, because of a cock up on he reservations front…

There’s some beds are going to have to be shared?

No, I don’t suppose you have those dreams at all, do you?

Which has nothing to do with my other dreams…

Of finding a blogger who works for a Lingerie firm (I bet you don’t have those dreams either, do you?)…

So I suppose that I’m going to have to pretend that I just dreamed that Lindsay at French Confessions didn’t whisper in my ear….

Let’s talk ‘lingerie’

And I’ll really, really try to pretend that she didn’t she didn’t say…

“It’s not really about being sexy for others – sorry guys – it’s more about feeling good and sexy for yourself… And, it can’t hurt if you’re wearing beautiful lingerie; you never know how your day will turn out… “

I can live with dreams like that!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). And desperately trying to steer clear of the road to smut…

I thought that I’d mention Richard at L’Anglais à Paris who was looking at a Squeezebox.

Lovely photos and….

All the better for being in Black & White.

A seriously good website that is serious eye candy for anyone who has any interest in photography!

I’ll say, right here and now, that “There’s more to Paris than a good photo but…

The spirit and soul of Paris seem to inhabit the photos to be found at…

L’Anglais à Paris”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). For some strange reason, Crystal from Crystal goes to Europe decided not to give us another video tour of the lovely green stripe in her bedroom and her fantastic silver kitchen and, instead, went out and about.

I can’t say I blame her…

After all, it can only be a matter of time before people start knocking on her door, wanting guided tours!

Crystal, I’m glad that you’re making new friends in Grenoble but…

Do watch out!

If you should ever hear a car coming down the street with George Benson on the stereo…

It might be an idea to rush back to your silver kitchen and…

Lock the door!


that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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 Michelle at Michele’s Life en Franglais.

Now, you may have noticed that I’ve never actually gotten all the way round to reviewing Michele’s Life en Franglais and, now it seems that I never will (unless I’m very quick) as it looks like Michelle is going back to the States.

Now, I don’t for a moment suspect that Michelle’s decision to return to a country where snails on toast isn’t likely to be on the breakfast menu that often, is in any way connected to my not reviewing her blog but…

If it is, Michelle, I’m very sorry!

If I promise to review you really soon, would you change your mind and stay?

I haven’t forgotten your problems with The simple act of going to the coiffeur, nor have I quite got over the lovely rant related in Why La Poste is evil!

The rant about Les Parisienes, toujours surprising was pretty good too!

You know (and I’m not trying to influence you), you probably won’t get so many opportunities to rant about La Poste back in the USA?

Still, if you’ve made your mind up…

I’d like to wish you the best of luck and….

Please take this blog of the week award as recognition for all the great blogs that you’ve posted (all 156 of them) over the last three years…

Apart from the Jimmy Buffett Concert one!

I don’t know who Jimmy Buffett is but…

Wearing all those garlands does seem a bit suspect to me!

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


New blogs on the block….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceJe Parle Américain is the online diary of an American in Paris: Michael Bell, a 30-something year-old former lawyer, married to a Frenchman, doing his best to immigrate and integrate.

Even though it has only been going since January 2011, it already looks like becoming one of those Must Read Paris blogs.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnother American laywer who finds herself in Paris is Nookster who blogs about her adventures at Sacre Bleu: An American in Paris

She has been here for just over a year and is well worth a visit.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA Fine Mess is the blog of a Scottish girl (whose name I don’t know) who is moving to Perpignan for a year.

It’s probably too early to comment but….

Judging from the leaving party…

It should be one mighty fine blog!


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWhilst Mrs A Taste Of Garlic and I were off on our travels it seems that you were all up to fun and games!

Amy Thomas from God, I Love Paris saw a car…

In the street…

In Paris!

And wrote all about it in Trés chic.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThen Miss K from Postcard From Paris – Adventures of an Expat saw a Scooter…

In the street…

In Paris!

And wrote all about it in Things you might see on the street #23 (style)

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEmily from Rue de France spotted a phone booth…

On the pavement…

In Annency!

Or was that Canada?

And wrote about it in E & Me {Phone Booth}

And, did I read that wrong but is that Texan Girl in the comments admitting that she showers in a phone booth every day?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

And, talking about Madness Texan Style (we always seem to end up talking about that, don’t we?)…

Sara Louise from Sara in Le Petit Village went to Avignon with the Ladies

However, as the ladies she was accompanied by were an assortment of Texans and a pseudo Texan, I’m not altogether too sure how ladylike they might have been?

It appears that vast amounts of shopping, drinking and giggling occurred…

Which I imagine is quite normal…

When three Texans and an Aussie go out…

On the town on their own?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTotally confused, no doubt, by the antics of the Texan Girlies….

The Carroll Family at The Carrolls in France (as opposed to any other Carroll family) all started talking Franglish.

I rather think that they’ve reached that two year plateau where everything starts merging into one and….

The resulting language starts to get really interesting.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, talking of really interesting things….

Sam from Totally Frenched Out went to Rennes to snuggle up to some TV stars!

Actually, in her post… The other day I headed to Rennes for a tradeshow she doesn’t actually mention snuggling up to the TV Stars but…

Perhaps she was just too busy smoozing with her customers?

By the way…

I’ve just noticed that Sam has a Dating and Mating category on her blog.

I’m so going to have to get one of those myself!


Now for the rest of the awards….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, if we had an Award for having an Outside Privvy we’d be handing it out every few days or so!

It is far rarer that we hand out our sacred Award For Having An Outside Fireplace

But, you know something?

This week we are awarding our Award For Having An Outside Fireplace to that intrepid couple, Colin and Elizabeth at In and Around Braye-Sous-Faye for their You can’t find a good builder anywhere these days

I think it shows complete dedication to arrange to have a fireplace built on the outside of your house….

Just so you can win one of our silly awards!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Travelling Pear wins this week’s Award for Charming Naivety (such a rare thing to see these days!) for her post… Fun With Signs

I’m not sure if she really didn’t realise that the bottom photograph on her list of interesting photographs indicted that the shop in question was, in fact, a Chastity Boot Shop….

Or whether she was just being shy?

Perhaps they don’t have Chastity Boot Shops in Texas?

But that, I would find….

Rather hard to believe?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd for sheer journalistic excellence, Shannon from La Vie Francaise wins this week’s Award for Trawling the Smut Columns for her in-depth study of the Parisian Personal Ads

Shannon, having read your post I’m going to make a point of steering clear of all women named Nathalie or Sylvie and will, in the future….

Be viewing any Jean-Jacques, Pedros or Pierres in a totally different light!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI was really quite surprised to see the Rant of the Week Award being awarded to Ashley at Back Yard Provence

She seemed such a nice calm girl?

But then I read her post called Love Thy Neighbour and I understood…

Ashley, if I were you….

I’d buy a catapult and wait until your neighbours are having breakfast on their balcony…

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis Week’s Award for being Romke Soldaat goes, once again, to Rokmke Soldaat at Frogsmoke for his post about How to make a stupid kid useful

Now, I make no attempt to hide my feelings about children….

I’m not so very keen on them, to be honest.

Sure there are exceptions (Ed at English Kid in France seems OK, for example) but, if I can rely on statistics…

Only about one in a million kids ever grow up to be Danny Blanchflower or Kylie Minogue….

And the rest just seem to lounge around listening to hippy-hoppy rave music…

And wearing hoodies!

So, why not turn them into brooms?

Well spotted Romke and….

Congratulations on yet another award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Franceiflyastarship deserves some kind of award for The tarte flambée club and the hypochondriac’s guide to self-healing

The trouble is…

Which one?

She’s certainly up there for the Longest Sentence of the Week Award for… “I thought about making a trip to the dermatologue, since many French women just casually slip into the dermotologist’s every now and then for an acid face peel or for a consultation because they’re worried about a few blackheads around their nose, and have no qualms about getting reimbursed by the state for this, because let’s face it, how your skin looks can be possibly considered taking care of your mental health.”

But we felt that that might be throwing down the gauntlet?

So, in the end…

Bearing in mind most of the subject matter…

We decided to award the poor girl this week’s Award for Drinking Bladder-bursting Amounts of Beer Whilst Being Covered with Baseball Sized Facial Warts

iflyastarship, I hope that your tingling face beast blemish thingy problems get better soon…

And remember… There’s absolutely nothing at all wrong with a diet that consists entirely of Lardons, Creme and Cheese…

Just take it easy on the popcorn, OK?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for Feeding Your Kids Proper, Healthy Food and Pretending That it’s Junk Food goes to Sarah at St. Bloggie de Riviere for her Cheap de Chez Cheap Suppers

I love the way that Sarah says… “My eldest (son) likes salmon and Dover sole but my youngest will only eat smoked salmon, mussels and crab sticks. Undaunted, I bought mackerel.”

And then…

“I also bought a cauliflower which was on special offer although I know that the boys hate it.”

Sarah, I like your style!

I grew up on a diet of gruel and mouse droppings and it did me no harm!

The kids of today just don’t know that they’re born!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNikki at The Perpetual Passenger wins this week’s Award For Putting Us Straight About The Froggies with her post called…. Fact & Fiction about the French

Nikki – a scholarly post although….

For that bit about French Women Don’t Shave….

I rather think you might have missed Breton women….

Out of your in depth survey?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally…

Steve at Velosolex in Brittany wins a Street Cred of the Week Award for his post about the French Bikers Protest

I’m not entirely sure why he felt that he had to expose his buttocks in that post but…

They are a funny lot, that lot up in Cotes d’Armor!

Buttocks aside, the redeeming feature of the post was, of course…

The picture of the Smashed up Muppet Car!

Well done Steve!


And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceObviously, Left Bank Manc doesn’t win an award this week because, although she tells us, in French People Do Not Dance, that…

“I have just eaten the most disgusting crêpes I have ever made.”

And then goes dancing….

She then totally fails to mention whether…

Vomiting Girl makes a return appearance on the dance floor!

LBM – It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Piglet from Piglet in France almost certainly expected an award when she piped up and said… I’m still here…

But, in all honesty…

226 words, none of which the slightest bit ranty…

Aren’t really enough for one of our prestigious awards!

Piglet, 3 out of 10 – must try harder!

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd the lovely Cathy from La Prochaine Fois was a dead cert for a big, big award for her lovely post on Montpellier

Until the judges realised that Cathy is from Texas (there aren’t half a lot of them over here, these days; have you noticed that?) and…

She lives in Montpellier (where all the other mad ones live) and…

Decided to be safe rather than sorry!

Cathy, I do apologise but…

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

All the best

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


23 Comments

  • By Crystal, September 20, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Thanks for the shout-out and sorry to disappoint with the lack of vomit-inducing videos of my vomit-inducing apartment’s interior design.

    And unless people are willing to put up with a tiny, vicious dog, there will be no guided tours from me.

    P.S. Did not know who George Benson was…had to Google it ;)

  • By Colin and Elizabeth, September 20, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    I’d like to thank all of you; my agent, my fans, my make up girl, hairdresser and all the backroom staff for your support. I’d also like to thank my parents for their love and encouragement and a special thanks to the girls at the checkout in Auchan for packing my bag for me and …. oh I’m overcome!! Thank you Everyone!

  • By Michelle, September 20, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Ah Keith, you are so right about women in Brittany not shaving! I don’t know why they choose not to, maybe it the extra hair keeps them warm in winter, but we really don’t want to see or smell it on those warm sunny days thank you! Maybe that will be my next rant!

  • By aidan, September 20, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Cathy’s photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing her blog…what is it about we Texans?
    aidan

  • By Sarah Hague, September 20, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    You’re right Keith, the little buggers should be grateful for getting any food at all. When I were a lass, I got fed on wood chips and muddy puddle and were right grateful!

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 20, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Sarah

    You had a muddy puddle?

    You must have been right posh!

    We just had to make do withe the overflow from Ma Postlewhite’s privvy – and we were grateful for it too!

    Kids of today….

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 20, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Michelle

    Great rant subject!

    Really needs photographic evidence though!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Ashley, September 21, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    Thanks for the the award! I was thrilled at receiving the “Rant of the Week”. I really did yell out an ‘AWESOME” and scared the heck out of my husband. By the way, I am in the process of building my catapult. We’ll see how it goes. Oh,and I really am a nice girl :)

  • By Sara Louise, September 21, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Sometimes it’s a phone booth, sometimes it’s a rocket ship, depending on my mood.

  • By Paris Paul, September 21, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I don’t know how you can spend two weeks putting together a weekly recap, but i sure appreciate it! Thanks for the hard work, Keith.

  • By hannah, September 21, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Keith, you will be glad to hear that the cyst has subsided. I think it’s the lardon cream diet. It has healing properties.

    By the way, is there somewhere on your site we can read about your life? Like a short biography or something? I’m interested!

    P.S.: I see you chose to skip over my 9/11 rant. Wise.

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 21, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Hannah

    My sorry tale can be read at http://www.atasteofgarlic.com/about or at BretonDiary.com

    And yes, I’m ignoring all 9/11 stuff from now on – too many painful memories.

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 21, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Paul

    It’s all automated – hundreds of captured aliens from outer space (we get a lot of those here in almost medieval and completely rural Brittany) do all the work and I just sit there overseeing them!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 21, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    SL

    If you don’t have photos….

    It didn’t happen!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 21, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Ashley

    A well deserved award – has your daughter started her blog yet?

    I’m sure there’s plenty of scope for “putting up with parents who put up with neighbours from Hell” type posts?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Ashley, September 21, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Keith,

    No, unfortunately, my daughter hasn’t started a blog, yet. I have to say in all honesty she hasn’t adjusted well to the move. Leaving all her friends, her brother and sisters back in the states was tough. She loves photography so I hope she starts something with that to get her out and about. If she ever takes me up on my advice I will let you know.

    I love your site. It’s creative, imaginative and so terrific and enjoyable to read! You have a wonderful thing going here! I hope to be reading it for a long time to come :)

    Ashley

  • By Gwan, September 21, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Hey thanks for the mention! Even if I have been pronounced frigid and bad at puns ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 21, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Gwan

    Sorry but…

    It was a pretty lame joke, wasn’t it?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m sure that you can do better – I have faith!

  • By Nikki Lavoie, September 22, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Wow thank you! This is quite the honor! You’re right that I’ve never personally been to Breton, but have heard mixed feedback about the shaving habits. Further investigation will surely ensue… Here’s hoping future posts will keep you equally entertained.

    Bisous!

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 22, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Nikki

    I’m sure we’ll all be entertained by your future posts!

    In Brittany most women shave their shins for those few days a year when the sun shines and they get to go out in short skirts (in Brittany, a short skirt is one the ends just above the ankles – we are a bit behind the times here!)

    Of course, once those women are married and have half a dozen kids (generally a task that is completed by the time they are 25 years old), it wouldn’t be proper to show any leg flesh – thus no more need for shaving!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I do know one woman (she’s getting on a bit) down my local bar who shaves her beard every now and again but the general consensus is…

    a). She’s a brazen hussey and

    b). She’s not really Breton because her family moved here from Normandy just before the first world war (obviously a newcomer, then!)

  • By Richard, September 23, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    You have been very kind about my photography and that’s a lovely quote, thank you so much

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 23, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Richard

    I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for photo blogs (and, I’m ashamed to admit, Breton photo blogs) but your blog shows that you think that little bit more about the photos you choose to display.

    Hackers like me can take loads of photos, display the lot and occasionally make someone think – it’s altogether more difficult (and more artistic) to just choose a few photos and make people think about something all day long!

    PÉTANQUE A LA VILLETTE made me think all day long (and some of the next day as well!)

    Chap in the blue tee shirt – was he Algerian?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Michele, September 24, 2011 @ 12:35 am

    Keith,

    Wow, I’m shocked…Blog of the Week…so all I needed to do to win was to leave the country! Thanks for the award, I feel so honored!

    And don’t worry, it has nothing to do with you not reviewing me…however, you still have plenty of time if you want to do it, I’m not leaving France until Nov. 20! And I sure hope to increase my number of posts before then, if I have the time!

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