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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). And this week, we’re starting off with Ed at An English Kid in France who tells us about My Family.

And, for those of you with sensitive dispositions, let me tell you that…

His parents get to keep their clothes on in this blog post!

Instead, Ed talks about Poop on the kitchen floor and puppies doing heads over heels!

Ed, a wise decision to avoid Jam, Sloe Gin, Lycra, Nuddy Beaches and…

All those other things your mum blogs about!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Rebekka from Whimsicalwanderlust seems to be settling in quite well (she is one of this year’s intake of Teaching Assistants) and was keen to share the Things I’ve Learned after one week in France.

And top of her list was…

“1. Food tastes better here. I have no idea why that is, but so far, it holds true for everything I’ve tried (except for Beer – beer, so far, has been too expensive here to taste better).”

To which I can only add…

“Rebekka, forget the beer (the best French biere comes from Belgium anyway!) and get straight onto the Ricard!

The Ricard in France tastes wonderful!”

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Owen, over at Magic Lantern Show, delighted us, once again, with some more wonderful photos of A Most Beautiful Place…

This time the photos are of the Parc National des Cevennes, in the Lozere department of France… the least populated French department…

Beautiful photos, each picture postcard quality…

And simple words.

What more could you want?

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). And Dana at Grenobloise was also creating things of beauty; but she was painting them rather than taking photographs.

In A New Yorker Paints… Grenoble! she shared her vision of…

The place that she now calls home.

She reported… “I have just finished my first painting of Grenoble! I am working on a brand new body of work in my beautiful little studio in Grenoble’s city center.”

Well, if these three are typical…

I certainly want to see many, many more!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). Meanwhile, Laury at Soar-Dream-France was Celebrating Life and Overalls.

Although I rather suspect that Life is Overalls to Laury?

Actually she was just giving us a heads up that International Overalls Day will be upon us in less than two month’s time!

Well, if that’s the case, I’d better give mine their annual wash and iron!


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 Richard at the Overloaded Ark!

Whilst the blog is quite new is is growing very nicely and Richard’s post about There ought to be a law against it! made me chuckle!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceActually, there’s quite a lot in the blog to make me chuckle…

Such as…

“Did you know that up to 2005 you needed a government licence to carry a white walking stick?!”

And Richard collects pocket knives too!

Which is always a sign of an outstanding character in my book!

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


The Dangerous Driving Section….

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAs there are no new blogs this week I thought I’d take a look at some of the mad, crazy exploits that some Expats in France get up to in their cars!

Ashley at Backyardprovence proved that she’s becoming quite French (or, at least, her husband is)…

With a perfect example of imperfect French Parking shown in a post called We Actually Accomplished Something Today.

Excellent work, Ashley!

You should treat your husband to a man bag and…

A pair of pink shorts as a reward for being so French!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Katie from Quelque Something… was seemingly up to no good in Roundabout Roadblock…

That’s right!

She got nabbed by Les Flics!

For driving with out of date documents!

She says…

“Stay tuned for the awkward follow-up episode where I run into the same officers at the school crosswalk, having clearly not taken the car to the garage.”

I can hardly wait!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Lindsay at French Confessions was apparently having trouble parking the smallest car in the world in Things are smaller in France.

All I can say is…

“My belly is a lot bigger in France than it ever was in England!”


Pets Corner….

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA lot of people were talking about their animals this week!

Linds from Greetings from the American Girl was talking about Puppies, cats, and rats, oh, my!

But she managed to resist the temptation to buy a snake or a rat!

Never mind Linds….

Better luck next time?

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs was getting entirely smitten about Clementine in a post called Gurly, Gurly.

Mind you…

Looking at those photos…

I think even I would get a bit smitten too!

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

Crystal (the famous one of the Green Stripe of Grenoble fame – yes, that one!) from Crystal Goes to Europe had a little competition to guess the make of her new arrival!

She announced the winner in the aptly titled And the winner is…?

And it wasn’t me!

But that could have been because I didn’t enter?

Mainly because I couldn’t decide what sort of pet would best go with a green stripe and a silver kitchen (believe me, I spent hours and hours trying to work that one out!)

And, if you want to find out what sort of cat does go best go with a green stripe and a silver kitchen…

Crystal has made another one of her famous videos!


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 FranceIn A Public Service Announcement, Gwan from Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego? said she was bored at work and asked us all to stop writing books called “A tale of two/three/four/fifty cities”!

Exciting stuff!

And talking of exciting stuff that will make your toes tingle and your twitchy bits twitch….

Jacqui at The French Village Diaries went to the Fete de la Confiture

Which somehow involved….

Having to dress up in Lycra (or down? I suppose it all depends on whether you like Lycra?)

Jacqui didn’t buy anything though and…

“came home with the overwhelming desire to make more jam!”

You see, this is why I choose to live in boring (and rather rural and definitely medieval) Brittany rather than Crazy Charentes…

My heart just wouldn’t be able to cope with all the excitement!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd for any of you wondering about what happened to those cows that went up a hill last month…

It’s OK!

You can breathe a big sigh of relief!

In October in the Alps, April from The Franco Phoney tells us that they have safely come down again!

Phew!

I, like most of you, I suspect…

Was starting to get a little bit worried about those cows!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFor those who were really worried about the cows…

Katrina at Katrina, La Voyageuse attempted to calm us down by showing us…

How to Open a Kinder Surprise Egg.

I’ve been trying to work that out for ages and…

Am grateful for the explanation!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally, Helblike from Mes pensées shared some cheese with us in Le Camembert.

And you know…

It’s random acts of kindness like that…

That make life worth living!


Now for the rest of the awards….

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Burnt Red Scalp of the Week Award goes to the intrepid Amber at Travelling Amber for her Security, please escort the victim out, in which she….

Admits that she’s had her hair died blond….

And then had her roots done by a crossed eyed man!

Now, before I go on, I ought to say…

You know this sort of thing can only happen to Amber! You know that this sort of thing would happen to Amber whether she was blogging from France or from Outer Mongolia!

Somehow she would be able to find the only cross eyed ammonia loving hairdresser for miles!

I truly believe that the ups and downs of Amber’s life are, in some way, vital to the continuing existence of Life, the Universe and Everything and…

If Amber were to ever have a normal week

The spatial time continuum would be so distorted that…

Basically, it would be like the last three minutes of Melancholia

Which is a great film, by the way.

Amber, keep up the good work!

The planet needs you!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAmazingly, the Romke Soldaat Award for being Romke Soldaat, for the second week in a row, goes to someone other than Romke Soldaat!

This week it goes to David Cobbold at More than just wine for his Ladies Night.

And all the judges were agreed that David managed to out-Romke Romke Soldaat with his clever invitation to the ladies to…

“Come in for a stiff one!”

The original Romke Soldaat at Frogsmoke wasn’t too far behind with his Paris Polluters Slapped With A 35 Euro Fine but…

The general feeling was…

That trying to fine a Frenchman 35 euros (or even 35 centimes) for having a widdle in the street…

Wasn’t really going to work!

At least, not here, in France!

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 FranceAlthough it wasn’t a particularly ranty week (I think everyone was too busy talking about the rugby?), Victoria at Vin Rouge & Creme Brulee did manage to let off some steam when she said…

“Putain – vous avez mal garé la voiture!”

And although the posts starts off by ranting about the bank, Victoria manages to say some choice things about the guy who parked too close to her, the chemist shop, the school lunch menu, the teacher who turned out not to be as hot as she thought he was, the other teacher who is about a foot too short, French petrol pumps, carrier bags at French supermarkets and…

The French Admin System!

Not a bad start, in other words!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for Finding Religion on the Road to Damascus goes to the intrepid Roundabout Spotting Duo of Colin and Elizabeth at In and Around Braye-Sous-Faye for their Bread of Life??

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn one of the closest fought battles for an award that we have seen for many months….

Delana at Du Jour won the prestigious Quasimodo of the Week Award for her Triple X (which I have to admit, I did think was going to be about something else altogether!)

I was a very hard decision for the judging committee to make but, after much lubrication of the Ricard kind, and many hours of deliberation…

We decided that Delana’s pustules and giant yellow blisters were just that bit more scary and repulsive than anyone else’s!

We were, I have to say, relieved to hear that Delana wasn’t also allergic to Sex but it was noted….

That with a face like that…

She probably isn’t going to be worrying about sex for quite a while?

Delana…

Two awards in two weeks!

Get better soon, please!


The Girls Gone Wild Section!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAs I mentioned last week, I’m proud to announce that, after months and months of negotiations with the French Minister of Culture (he is, actually, completely mad you know!), The American Consulate and The British Foreign Office

We have finally received permission to instigate a section for ….

Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThere seems to be a fair amount of interest in being mentioned in this section although, I do have to say, the expected rampant nudity and drinking that I had anticipated has not, as yet, made it to many Life in France blogs.

Perhaps all you girls gone wild are still hungover?

Or, perhaps it just a bit too cold for all that nudity stuff?

One girl who went wild (but appeared to keep her clothes on) was Gwan at Where in the world is Gwannel Sandiego? who claimed that she was Bad at Bises, part two.

I’m sure that Gwan is just being modest?

Although I do have visions of her going up to complete strangers…

And giving them big slobbery kisses…

Just for practice, as it were?

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceVictoria at Victoria Cotes d’Armor told us… “i’m at a cafe in place du chai because it’s the only place i can get internet.”

She also said….

“last night we all went out bar-hopping with some french people, i was out till 430 and when i checked my wallet this morning i realized i had spent 50€ that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

Yes, that pretty much qualifies Victoria as…

A Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSomeone else who certainly qualifies as a Girl Gone Wild is MJ over at An American Mom in Paris who went searching for some Bones, Sexy and Unsexy.

Now, I’m not sure what it is that makes a bone sexy or unsexy and I’m a bit loathe to ask MJ just in case I learn more than I really need to know (she has got her son drawing Penis Shaped Bones, you know!)

Anyway, MJ has just had her hair dyed bright orange!

And you know what they say about women with bright orange hair!

As if this wasn’t enough…

MJ also mentioned her and her husband’s new hobby of watching their neighbours in their underwear (it’s the neighbours in the underwear, not MJ and Mr MJ – although she doesn’t specifically say if she is fully clothed during the underwear wearing neighbour watching sessions, so you never know?)

In any case…

This more than qualifies MJ to call herself…

A Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, talking of Girls Gone Wild….

How could we not mention the wildest girl of all?

Yes, of course, it’s Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village who talked about The End of Summer and just happened to mention that…

She had… “some tales about traveling all around the south of France, homemade pizza parties, aioli, pétanque, a raclette, and toddler bar fights at Le Petit Bar.”

And was obviously looking forward to being voted Wildest Girlie of Them All after a planned… “crazy November with a weekend in Avignon, a trip to Dublin, and Thanksgiving with the Conjugating Irregular Verbs crew!”

Go for it, girl!

Just think of it as a sort of Miss World Competition but…

With loads more alcohol and, just occasionally….

Some vomit on the dance floor!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd talking of Vomit on the Dance Floor

LBM from Left Bank Manc called herself Five Jobs Janet and, in between clubbing it, just managed to find time… “to take the eight year old and the baby to the park for an hour.”

LBM, you need to pace yourself with all this partying!

Or else, you’ll be all burnt out before you’re twenty one!

Any gentlemen reading this post might be interested to find out that LBM is considering Stripping (or was, until she found out that the money isn’t so good these days) but then went on to say…

“I’ve got a feeling, however, that no matter how much bronzer and blusher I plaster myself with, I’ll still end up looking like a crackwhore who really should have stayed in bed watching Family Guy.”

Which might be why the money wasn’t so good?

LBM, take my advice and stick to what you’re good at….

Being a wilder than normal Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Paris based Girl Gone Wild that many would be Girls Gone Wild, young and old, aspire to emulate is, of course….

MademoisElla Coquine from Tales from the Chambre de Bonne who advised us all to Be Completely Lazy.

And went on to tell us all about her boyfriend not getting a tattoo…

But going out to vote instead (no sense of civic priorities, some people!)

And, right at the end, Ella mentions doing something horrible to perfectly good champagne which will….

Probably get her barred from France for life!

Pretty much a nice quite day for a Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceProving that Real Girls Gone Wild start early in life….

Was Mary Hague at Isn’t that the Trailer Tent?

Who described a foreign holiday in 1976 and how her daughter, Sarah being sick all night (but in toilet rather than on the dance floor!)

Yes, that Ibiza lot think they invented all that raving and puking on holiday stuff!

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI’m not sure if Jenny at Jennyphoria would consider herself to be a Girl Gone Wild but…

In Oh L’Amour: Hindsight, or Blind Dating Advice she does mention that she has been on four blind dates in as many weeks!

She also says…

“You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week (not that you have to, you look gorgeous! You sexy minx, you), but you can make sure your roots are done, and your nails are trimmed, your eyebrows waxed, and your skin soft.”

And if that doesn’t sound like a Girl Gone Wild talking, I don’t know what does!

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

Dawn at Dawn to Earth was talking about having an Apéritif….

And that’s always a good sign…

Of a Girl About to go Wild!

I shall be watching Dawn very carefully, to see if she’s tempted to have another one?

P.S. Dawn, welcome back to blogging!


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 Francethat was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI would have loved to give Thea at encore étrangère a nice big award for the excellent start she’s made in teaching little froggies how to speak New Yorkese as explained in brief impressions of a new teacher: when to be afraid but…

She missed a marvelous opportunity to teach her little 8 to 11 year olds how to curse and swear…

And then she lied to them and told them that….

Swear words don’t even exist in English!

Well, bugger me, Thea….

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 FranceThere’s also no hard evidence that Becca from Parley-Vous Frawnsay? has even started to teach her primary school charges how to swear in Irish and

In fact, in Assistants are Go! she mentions that she hasn’t started teaching them anything at all, yet!

Come along Becca, remember Thierry Henry and the handball that got Ireland kicked out of the world cup….

Well, now you’ve got a chance to get your own back and salvage some Irish pride…

“Colouring, singing, dancing, board games, musical statues and more” may be “all acceptable ways to teach English to small children” but…

Teaching them to swear is probably a lot more fun?

And, until we see some hard evidence of that…

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 FranceHoward at An Englishman in Strasbourg was going to get some sort of award for his post about Turning Forty but…

Then he started talking about his scrotum and, quite frankly, that didn’t really endear him to anyone one the judging committee (most of whom demanded another pint of Ricard to help them get over the shock)…

And so, Howard…

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

If you put your scrotum away I’ll see if I can arrange some sort of award for you next week – something along the lines of our Does He Dye His Hair, Or Doesn’t he? Award.

that was the week  That Was The Week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSusie at Desperate Anglo Housewives still hasn’t blogged since her haircut and, for the second week running….

Gets an Award for not Winning an Award This Week!

Susie, I know that you can only come out after dark but…

You’ve got to bite the bullet soon and show your face?

I’d hate for you to win this award three weeks in a row!

All the best

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


14 Comments

  • By Gwan, October 11, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    I’ve been much wilder! My mum reads my blog though :) Actually, I haven’t been lunging at any men this week, although one lunged at me and did the “oops, I accidentally got your mouth” routine. We’ve all seen that trick before, sonny!

  • By Crystal, October 11, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Thanks for the shout out :) I was surprised you didn’t enter my contest, but now I know why. Skinny Mini seems to prefer the purple stripe to the green one though. And the video was a little less Blair Witch this time. I’m making progress.

    And poor Amber – that girl needs a break!

    My husband and I were just talking about Lozene the other day…I’m going to hop over to Owen’s blog and check out his photos :)

    Cheers!

  • By laura, October 11, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Love the award Amber got! Your reference to HGTTG made me think that maybe Amber is some sort of goddess, similar to the rain god from So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!

    Also, I feel like you’ll appreciate this. I play sims3, and I created a HGTTH family. And when I gossiped about Ford Prefect, the little gossip thing was, “People are saying that Ford Prefect is actually an alien, living undercover in our neighborhood” !!! Do you think the sims3 people are big nerds or it was just a coincidence? I have photographic evidence if necessary.

  • By Richard Brown, October 11, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the award, Keith,I`m really chuffed. Glad you found the blog amusing and to your taste, even though it didn`t mention 2CV`s of any colour or bare bottoms. I`d like to show the award on my sidebar, if I can get Mr French Village Diary to show me how or even explain what a sidebar is!

  • By Amber, October 11, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    This might be my best award to date, Keith. I’m glad that you can always see the humor in my mishaps. Makes me think that my purpose in life really might be to entertain! Here’s to hoping i’ll get a few days off before another good scuffle with the rentacops!

  • By Left Bank Manc, October 12, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    Thanks for including me again, but I should tell you, I have already reached the grand old age of 21, in fact, I’m 22, so don’t need to worry about pacing myself!

  • By Laury Bourgeois, October 12, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    I have to tell you Keith that my “Overalls People” will be thrilled with your attention. I was out in and around the barn in my overalls last night with Evelyn taking some new shots for me. And you’re right-Life is overalls for me…I’m on the hunt for a new pair while I’m in the states. Happy International Overalls Day to You and a Huge Merci-Laury

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), October 12, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Wonderful list, Keith, as always, for the Tuesday “That was the week…”

    But that HORRIFYING pig animated GIF is going to have me experiencing nightmares!! *shudder* It’s really horrible. LOL

    And per your reply from last week’s Tuesday post, I’ll for sure keep doing my best to being a good wife. Thanks for the, uhhhh, tips, although methinks we should require you to perhaps do a little updated relationships reading or curtail your watching of the television series “Mad Men.” ;-)

    Be well!
    Karin

  • By Grenobloise, October 12, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Oooh I made your top 10 list! Woohoo. Glad you enjoyed the painting!

    Now I need to get on that Girls Gone Wild post.. darn if only it wasn’t a public blog!

    I love the GGW section Keith!!

    Always a pleasure. Love seeing how these other anglo’s in France are doin’! You’re like our guardian angel. Aww :)

    Dana

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, October 13, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    Thanks for the award! I will pass it on to Dude who will be very excited to be recognized for his great achievement in parking. He still shuns the man purse and pink shorts, but as always I’m working on it.

  • By Niels, October 14, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    Hi, yes, overalls day is fantastic, even for all of us, who wear overalls everyday ! and yes, one of the good things with overalls, is that is somehow accepted that they are dirty and used, so you don’t need to be afraid of doing things around your house etc. have a nice overall weekend Niels, aka bibprofessor !

  • By ellacoquine, October 14, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Thanks! I love this section, Keith! I’m excited to discover other blogs. These girls are FANTASTIC!
    I have to keep up the “cray” in order to stay a Girl Gone Wild! ; )
    Ok, it’s Friday night…time for a glass on wine. Bon week-end, Keith!

  • By Leslie, October 18, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Mon dieu! So much catching up to do with all these wonderful blogs you’ve showcased during my hiatus!

    Looking forward to peeking into all of them…errr…maybe not the ones about ‘vomit on the dance floor’. {Note to self: remember to read Keith’s blog later in the day. Too much first thing in the morning. ;}

    Have a great week!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Leslie

    I think that LBM who is the main dance floor vomiter is too busy with her new job to be doing much vomiting these days.

    Believe me when I say that I am 100% convinced this that will only be a temporary pause and that once she gets bored with the job she’ll be back to what she does best!

    All the best

    Keith

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