Chartres, France

P.S.: There’s More


Posting has been all over the place lately, I know. Hopefully I’ll be getting back into some sort of routine soon. (I’ve found a new family, so that should be sooner rather than later!)

These are some of the last pictures I took before I left Chartres. Some of the little details that I absolutely adored about the house. That’s one of the things I really like: is the little things that people add (to anything, really. Houses, outfits, art.) that make them distinctly theirs. My favourites would have to be the dried hot peppers and the Banania sign. And possibly the chickens on the shelf above the fridge. Also: that’s my favourite scarf. For reasons I don’t understand, I have all these random photos of me wearing it. I think that could be a problem, but I like to think of it as one of those avant garde self portrait things that people do.

I’m here until next Friday, staying on this island and I can see this house from my bedroom window. Since it’s fall, it’s grey and overcast and raining, which I’m secretly kind of loving. (I do have pictures. I’ve just been procrastinating and haven’t uploaded them. I should win an award for how well I do that. Seriously.) I get to wear a yellow fisherman’s rain jacket and have these knee high rain boots and when I walked into Belz last night, everyone was looking at me funny because no one wears anything brighter than navy.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This list of cities to visit – (My list isn’t long enough already.)

+ This song – (I feel like it matches this tiny place very well.)

+ ALL OF THESE – (I’m pretty sure if I had an address to mail things to, I would have already bought this and this. Or else just signed up for the subscription. It’s officially on my Christmas wish list.)

+ This fascinating article – (Because learning languages just really interests me.)

France, Paris

Let’s See Paris


1. My hostel, which I would recommend.

2. Sacre Coeur

3. The Eiffel Tower, yo.

4. The War Museum

5. Was where we randomly got lost.

6. The area where the bars I went to were.

7. Notre Dame.

I feel like that’s quite literally, the most boring mini tour of a visit to Paris anyone has ever done on the internet. In my defence I would like to say that this is the first time I’ve ever done something like this and (hopefully!) next time it will be better. I am hoping to spend more time in Paris and hopefully after that, have more things to share with you guys. (This is me trying to be one of those people who have a link that says ‘Amielle’s Guide to Paris’ or something like that. I always wanted to be one of those people.) And if you have any suggestions (that that big guide book I have does not) as to what I should see next time I’m there: let me know!

I know this was supposed to be up yesterday and I know that, as this is my blog, I don’t really have to have explanations for not posting, however I will say that there are going to be some changes over the next couple of weeks and that posting may be off a little bit more than usual. Not for long and hopefully not really at all, but since you have all been so wonderful about being around and commenting, I figured I should let you know.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This travel guide – (A fun, quirky guide of a city I now want to go to.)

+ This article – (Something I never thought about before.)

+ This recipe – (My stomach started growling when I saw it.)

+ This goal – (Because I just really needed us to not lose yesterday. And my favourite player scoring was icing on that equalized cake.)


The Last Time


These were taken two weeks ago, the last Sunday I was home before I left. Not to be overly dramatic, but it will be the last time my whole family goes to the lake together for quite awhile.

I flew out yesterday morning at 6:10 am and headed for a twelve hour layover in Toronto, where I met up with some friends from school I hadn’t seen since we all handed in our final projects back in March.

And now I’m updating from Frankfurt airport where I’m waiting for my third and, thankfully, SO THANKFULLY, last plane, Paris bound. (Though the drive is an extra hour and a half to two hours to my new place, which my sister kindly reminded me as I was complaining about the fact that I just really wanted a shower. That was over ten hours ago. Yuck.)

But it hasn’t been horrible. I mean, what could really possibly be horrible about flying to Paris? I feel like the correct answer here is: nothing. Though I am quite excited for that shower, and a bed to sleep in rather than that really awkward slumped over napping thing I did from Toronto – Frankfurt. I woke up in time for both dinner and breakfast and slept the rest of the time. Priorities: I have them.

So here I go: one last flight, a new country, a new job, a (not really) new language. Don’t worry: I’ll show it all off.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby – It was quoted often in Soccernomics and the quotes used made me go, “Yes! That’s how I feel!” so I knew I was going to have to get my hands on a copy. Found it on sale in Toronto in The World’s Biggest Bookstore and couldn’t resist picking it up. I’m a third of the way through and yes: it was more than worth those sale dollars. 

+ Free Airport Wifi – By that I mean: I miss it. For some reason, Frankfurt does not have free wifi and so I am sitting here, slowly watching the hour I paid for tick down. It’s kind of stressful. Though interesting to see how much you can cram into one hour. Answer: quite a lot.

+ Banana Shampoo – For a dollar a bottle at the Fields in town, you can buy a range of Mellow shampoos. My sister’s and my favourite is the banana scented one. I didn’t bring a whole bottle with me, but I did squeeze it into one of my carry on sized travel containers.