Picnic in a park in Paris!

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Bon soir!

1 month has gone and I can’t believe it! I feel like I need to enjoy every moment! Even though I feel like staying here forever I want to make every day as good as possible! Now I finally feel like I’m getting a routine with the kids and with my life here! The kids school has started now and tomorrow my French courses start! I love it!

Yesterday, 10 Au pairs met up for a picnic in Paris! It was so nice! We sat in a park chatting for 3 hours then we took a walk to a cafe near by! I took the train home around 6 p.m to join my host family for dinner! My host mother had her birthday this week so we celebrated her and watched the fireworks from the Versailles Castle – an event hosted every Saturday night and I have the best view! A true dream!

At the moment I’m sitting on the train to Paris writing to you and drinking my Cappuccino to go. I love just sitting on the train with music and enjoying the Parisian view! I can’t believe I’m living here! It’s so surreal every morning I wake up!

In an hour I’m meeting up with my mom and her friend for dinner in the 9th arrondissement area! My mom is staying for a few days both in Paris with her friend and in Versailles with me! I can’t wait!

Enjoy your Sunday and I wish you a pleasant start of a new exciting week!

Love.

/J

A weekend in Paris

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One of my favorite desserts – Creme Brûlée and Tiramisu is also on the top of my list!

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Frederikke gets her awaited Cafe Crème and I feel the same craving for fresh juice!

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Deborah to the left and Hanna to the right, I never got a picture of Ebba!

The best thing about a weekend in Paris?

It never gets boring and I’m falling more in love with the idea of a future there!

The weekend started with a dinner out in Paris with the one and only, Frederikke! We went to a very cosy diner near by her apartment where we had wine, dinner and dessert! We went for a walk before going to bed! The walks at night are the best! I don’t know how to describe it but there is definitely something with waking in Paris at night!

The Sunday morning started with a brunch – a very expensive one but it was definitely worth it! We really enjoyed it! I had made plans before to meet up with Hanna and two other Au Pairs, Ebba and Deborah! We had wine, cheese and ice cream in the 6th arrondissement. I really recommend this area – calm and a lot to see! I loved the atmosphere! We decided to go back soon! We took a stroll around the area before going home, I think we drank a little bit too much wine since we laughed at everything we did or said, but we had a lovely time and the wine was great!

After this fantastic weekend in Paris I’m now on the train back to Versailles to have a calm evening on my own, I think an episode of Gilmore Girls and tea would be a perfect combination for me tonight!

Have a nice week and don’t forget to love life!

Love.

/J

 

A friday by the Eiffel Tower

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Bonjour!

Yesterday I celebrated friyay with Hanna by the Eiffel Tower! We had a “get to know each other” lunch, went up in the Eiffel Tower and had coffee and ice cream in Trocadero! Trocadero is a place just by the Eiffel Tower with beautiful streets and very nice restaurants and coffee shops!

At the moment we’re having a very warm period in Paris with temperatures reaching 38 degrees so we had a struggle to get up in the Eiffel Tower but when we came up, the time stopped for a minute and the views were breathtaking!

The day ended with dinner at home with the parents and I also had time to buy my weekend bouquet! Love fresh flowers! They smell sooo good, it helps now when it’s really warm!

Have a lovely weekend!

Love.

/J

The sunset

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Bon soir!

It has been a very hot day!

The kids and I decided to do a repeat of yesterday’s activity and head to the city for a playtime in the park! Yesterday I learned that a bottle of water and a fruit is very good to bring when walking long in a hot whether with children, so this time I was prepared! We spent an hour there before lunch and after lunch we went to the beach! It was hot so we lived in the water! Instead of searching after crabs we searched for dead crabs, lovely! The tide had gone down during the time we spent at the beach so there was no water in the little pond near the seacoast!

We packed our bags and a picknick basket to go to the other side of Cap Ferret from where we live, the seacoast towards the Atlantic Sea! It was an amazing and mind blowing beach, a beautiful sunset, clean  water and sand that goes 60 km along the coast! The family and I sat on a blanket enjoying the sunset, the kids playing and the nice evening! The high waves made us wet, but it didn’t matter, it was a fantastic experience!

Au revoir and good night Sunday!

Love.

/J

 

La deuxième jour à la Cap Ferret

Woke up today and waited for the girls to wake up, they woke up one hour later than me, this was a total shock since they had gone up before 7 a.m every morning since I arrived! But I got some time for my self – can’t complain!

The day started with a trip to la plage to bath and to look after moules! It was a success! The sun was shining and it was a fantastic view from the beach to Arcachon!

We went home for lunch and for a promised bake session which ended with me baking and they tasting everything! But it was wonderful to see how happy they got!

I went on a bicycle ride along the coast and ended up shopping and eating ice cream by the sea! It was really nice!

The whole family and I went to the sea again and after we had  dinner! I’m starting to get used to the habit of eating late!

After a few glasses of red wine I’m pleased to be in my room with a cup of tea going yo sleep!

Have a nice Tuesday!

Love.

/J

Premieres jours…

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Enfin, the unknown feeling in my stomach has disappeared which is a very good sign – I have finally landed in France, in Versailles and  in Cap Ferret!

It’s still a working progress to get to know the family, the girls and my new life in Paris! But I have accepted that everything will take time – this is shocking if you know me well since I want everything to go fast and fantastic at the same time, but it isn’t always like that!

I am so happy I choose to go with the family on vacation to Cap Ferret before work, school and my “real” schedule starts! Remember, as a new Au Pair it will be hard at first, but then you realize that everyday gets better and easier!

Overall, my time in France so far has been great and life changing!

I have always said to family, friends and strangers that I felt a deep love for Paris and France in total when I visited the country for the first time, and it’s so true! This country makes me curious and more free! I love Sweden as my home country and as my safe place, but I hope and wish that I will live in France for a long period of my life! Even if it’s difficult with some parts at the moment I feel like this year will be the beginning of a bright future for me! A really good year!

Have a fantastic evening!

Love.

/J

 

Preparations…

I have just now landed in my sofa in our summer house, full of excitement over my first work day at my new job here in Brantevik, Simrishamn. A small town by the sea. Trampes is the name of the restaurant and I really feel like I’m going to like it there!

Since march and since I matched with my family I have been working to prepare as much as possible before takeoff!

Here’s a checklist:

  • Insurance
  • University course – Je veux apprendre plus francais!
  • Dance classes
  • Gift to parents and the kids
  • Papers to sign
  • Ticket to Paris
  • Train card
  • And much more…!

The time is going by so fast, and I feel an urge to meet as many loved ones as possible before I go – surprisingly, I’m not nervous, but I have this exciting feeling in my stomach – I have never felt more ready!

Have a lovely weekend!

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