Friday, February 1, 2013

Quoi de neuf ?*

* What's new?

Old House
This week, I met another blogger friend for real. Virginia and her friend Mary came to visit and we spent the afternoon in picturesque Marly le Roi where we found this vieille maison. Watch out for lots more photographs from the charming streets of Marly on Virginia's blog Paris Through my Lens.

Baby Mama
I signed Florence up for Maternelle (French Kindergarten) which she will start in September. I had expected to have to deal with a mile of French red tape, especially as we don't have some of the required documents on the registration form - no Carnet de Santé or Livret de Famille, but my substitutions were deemed perfectly acceptable and the whole registration process took me less time than it took to buy our evening baguette. I can't help feeling that was too easy - we will see when I attend the compulsory parents meeting in June! I hope she likes it. She could do with a break from looking after her family of seven!

Sacré Coeur
Sacré Coeur seen from the fifth floor of Le Marché Saint-Pierre

I had a wonderful day out all by myself shopping in the fabric markets of Montmartre and somehow managed to stumble into an excellent French bistro for lunch in a sea of tourist traps at the foot of Sacré Coeur.

I needed fabric for a dress I'm making for my niece's christening. Whilst searching the web for design inspiration I stumbled across this film at Baby Dior. Le sigh...

Not sure how long that link will last so here's another film for the Paris lovers. Check out the girl in black. Her dress. Her hair. Turns out India wasn't so far from a Dior outfit at THAT Bar Mitzvah after all!

Four girls
And last but not least, I am thrilled that Jillian over at Jillian in Italy interviewed me for her A Kid's Life series. I found her gorgeous blog one time when we both linked up to Love the Place you Live at Design Mom. It turns out that as well as loving where we live, we also have a love of sewing, photography and twin girls in common! It was such a pleasure and very thought provoking to answer her questions so hop on over to see what I had to say about our life in France. You might find out something you didn't already know.

Bon Weekend!


  1. Bonjour Nicola. How fun that you got to meet Virginia and her friend! Marly le Roî is a lovely town. And Félicitations for your interview on Jillian's website! Bon weekend en France. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  2. Hope you had a fun weekend - I too can't believe it's February. Congrats on your interview on Jillian's blog - it was great!! Loved it!!

  3. The pleasure was all mine Nicky! What a grand day we had with you and Florence, even if the weather was less that perfect. I will be sharing many photos from our day together and tell Miss Florence, she will be the star one day very soon!

  4. I am impressed with how many babies she can get in that carriage.

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