Le Musée des Dentelles et Broderies de Caudry (The Lace and Embroidery Museum)

A little unknown fact about the north of France: it is one of very few locations where lace is still being produced! The little town of Caudry, located just 20 minutes from Cambrai, is home to Le Musée des Dentelles, or the Lace Museum. Source Located inside an old lace-making factory dating back from 1898, the museum includes several different aspects. For just a few euros, you are first … Continue reading Le Musée des Dentelles et Broderies de Caudry (The Lace and Embroidery Museum)

Le Carnaval de Dunkerque

**A shout out to my good friend and roommate, Anne, for capturing the vast majority of these photos. Be sure to check out her blog! Northern France is a very special place. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite regions of France, mostly due to the wonderfully nice people and the proximity to no less than five countries. The north of France is known for being … Continue reading Le Carnaval de Dunkerque

Lokai- Being Humble and Hopeful, and Appreciating the Highs and Lows of Life

Sometimes you’re on top. Stay humble. Sometimes you’ve hit a low. Stay hopeful. I received my Lokai bracelet in the mail the today. After reading about them via Liz at Young Adventuress a few weeks ago, I was both inspired and intrigued. I felt an instant connection to the bracelet and everything it represents. I did some further research on Lokai’s official website, and knew I had to buy one of my own. … Continue reading Lokai- Being Humble and Hopeful, and Appreciating the Highs and Lows of Life

How to Adjust Your Wardrobe for a Trip to the Middle East/North Africa

In case my readers haven’t been able to decipher from my posts, or tweets, I’m a feminist. I do not believe that anyone has the right to tell women what to wear, no matter the circumstances. I do not believe middle schools should be sexualizing teenage girls and outlawing leggings in school. I do not believe “Christian” fathers should be kicking a teenage girl out … Continue reading How to Adjust Your Wardrobe for a Trip to the Middle East/North Africa

Carnaval

Well, after experiencing Carnaval de Nice, I got to experience Carnaval à la Rouvière at the high school where I work today! Carnaval is typically held ten days before Easter, and the students and staff alike arrive in costumes (they have been talking about their déguisements since November.) There was also a flashmob organized on YouTube, and then during the afternoon, we had one big … Continue reading Carnaval

Les Soldes

One of the major events that happens bi-annually in both winter and summer in France are les soldes saisonniers, or the seasonal sales. In the United States, we of course have Black Friday, (my students were horrified by some of the YouTube clips I showed them during our Thanksgiving lesson). However, stateside it is also completely typical and normal to see sales and clearances all year-round in … Continue reading Les Soldes

La Mode

Though I much prefer to spend my money on experiences in lieu de items, I have made a few key clothing purchases. What do you think!? Do I look more French or European? My favorite purchase- a leather jacket with design from Barcelona, Spain. My pants romper I bought in Barcelona, Spain My red scarf with white elephants was purchased here in Toulon, France. The … Continue reading La Mode