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Sorry I have abandoned this blog as l lead an extremely busy life. As I look at my other blog I was thinking it’s unfortunate and sad not to update this blog. It was my own and husband’s idea to create this to share the beauty and wonder of both worlds.  It’s been 3 long years since my last post. We got a new addition to the family which is one good reason why I was not able to write a blog post.  A lot has changed we have moved to our new abode, a bigger one with a small garden wherein kids could play outdoor. Plus we needed to repair things at home, make it clean and all that stuffs you need to do when you move to another place.  We are embracing the busy-ness of  life !

Just to start taking care of this blog I want you to share the new addiction or shall I say discovery of the family. We are now into rock climbing. My husband’s colleagues who is a professional in this field introduced us to this awesome sports. I admit it’s quite terrifying up there. Climb up and down or crossing natural rock formations or artificial rock walls are tedious. When you look at it, it seems so easy but it”s NOT !!! But the goal to reach the summit is quite unexplainable. Here are some photos of us.  

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So now you see us, please hang on there. I will update this blog once in a while PROMISE 😀 !


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Most of you will probably agree with me that amongst the best culinary in the world is French gastronomy. Amid the best products are cheese, wine, pastry and charcuterie (dried meat food). My uncomplicated palate is used to experience Asian and Italian culinary while I was still working in the Hotel industry. When I arrived in France I was really thrilled to savour the French culinary as I’ve been hearing a lot of good remarks about them on television and discussions. I am not anxious to try and taste almost everything except for some out of the extra ordinary.

First off, I will talk about the cheese in France it depends on how and who counts them. There are different estimations concerning how many kinds of cheese France has. In reality, it’s not quite definite. Some says they’re quite the numbers between 350 to 500. Other says it’s closer to 1,000. Anyway, I am not here to debate for the statistics. Well known cheeses are Beaufort, Broccio, Comté, Brie, Emmental, Cantal, Laguiole, Reblochon, Roquefort, Mont D’or, Chamois D’or, Saint Albray, Mimolette, Coulommiers, Raclette, Camembert and a lot more. I just identified few of them that I have savoured otherwise this post will not be enough. The rest I can’t remember the names.

Now I will speak about wine. I am not an expert either a dependent. Theoretically, that it is not a part of the Philippine culture therefore I am not used to this modish tradition. But living in France made me appreciate and learn gradually the diverse European gastronomy. There are diverse kinds of wine such as red, white and rose wine. The ones I know are Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Chateauneuf, Pinot Noir (this is a cooked wine), Chardonnay. Before I was not appreciative of liquors especially beer (don’t like the taste of it). I can only drink Cali Shandy that’s how far I can only go. But when I am frustrated I can drink Lambanog, it is called “coco vodka” since its ingredients is originated from the living tree itself… Coconut tree! During celebrations and parties I welcome wine, champagne and hard drink…By the way, I drink with moderations.

This time it would be cakes, breads and pastries. I am not a fan of sweets and bread but when I have tasted breads, cakes and pastries made by the boulangerie (bakery) wow I can tell they are one of the best. Generally, during big occasions we buy cakes with a lot icing and decoration on it. In France it was my first time to see this cake called “la piece montée”.

The last but not the least is the Charcuterie (from either the French chair cuite, cooked meat, or the French cuiseur de chair, cooker/butcher’s meat). At first, I thought that saucisson should be cooked like we do for Longganisa but it’s not. There’s no need to fry it. It is ready to eat sausages. There are two kinds of sausages the fresh sausages that are dried and fresh one to be cooked. Dried one are generally eaten cold and will keep for a long time.

So far these are my personal experience about French gastronomy. There are many things I would like to share but this is too long for one post. So see you next time 😀 !

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Vélib na Bilib


# After Lyon, Paris or Besançon, Marseille indulges to two wheels: 750 bikes across 80 stations can now be self-rented.

# The first half-time is free. Per hour costs 50 cents to one euro, according to the subscription formulas.

We call this “velib” short for velo libre ( bicycle for rent). I found this practical for those who works in the center of Marseille where parking is difficult and expensive. You can rent it from any of the terminal and can return it from the ternminal nearest to your destination or arriving point. Now we could make the city of Marseille clean and fresher 😀 !

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