des velos avec une vue

Roule ma poule

We rented some bikes and toured around Annecy this afternoon. Huge success. HUGE. Meaning: we didn’t crash into anyone and the girls decided they want to move here. Highly recommend this bike company: Roul’ Ma Poule.

p.s. Apparently, Roule ma Poule does not actually mean “roll my chicken.” Although I stand by my original translation. In fact, it’s an expression – something similar to let’s go!  Like: On y va! or Allons-y!  French friends, correct me please!

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first swim of the summer

getting to know the neighborhood

I LOVE our summer rental! I think the owners are new to VRBO so I want to give them HUGE props. The house is even better than advertised. And when we arrived, the kitchen was fully stocked with bread, cheese, fruit and… wait for it…. a chilled bottle of rosé! Are you kidding me?!

The village is super cute and has all the essentials. There is a grocery store called “8h a 8h” – except it’s only open until noon on Sundays, opens at late on Mondays and closes early on Wednesdays. And in August, vacation hours apply. Honestly people, rename your store.

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8 French Resources in Seattle


le pichet


1. Best group classes for adults: Alliance Française

2. Favorite tutor for adults: Danick Jawer

3. Museum tours (in French) for children: Atelier D’Ichere

4. Our favorite French immersion school: FISW

5. Absolutely amazing experience: Canoe Island French Camp

6. French cooking classes: Paris Eastside

7. Drink your way through wine school: Le Caviste

8. French property rentals: French Homestyle


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To be a horse (in France)


On the way to equestrian camp today, the girls were talking about how much fun it would be – to be a horse.

Sophia said: “I would love to be my horse, Speedy. I would play with my other horse friends all day. And my people friends could ride me and brush me and braid my hair.”

Sasha said: “If I was a horse I would never live on a farm because everyone would get on your back and make you do things you didn’t want to do, like walk in circles. I would run in the fields and climb mountains and kick things. I would be free!”

God I love them.

sasha stands on a horse

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heading to camp

summer camp, week 2

heading to camp

I’m so freaking proud of Sasha. There were 100+ boys at her soccer camp, and she was the ONLY girl. Not only did she hold her own on the pitch, she ran circles around many of them. Way to go Sasha! You are brave and I am SO proud of you!

sasha ballon

Sophia went to Hip Hop Dance Camp and had the time of her life. Below is the photo taken after their performance.

hip hop soph

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go andy!


go andy!

Go Andy! We are so lucky! Last week, we got to watch hometown favorite Andy Murray move up the ladder by defeating Tommy Robredo in three sets. I had never been to a Grand Slam Tournament before and WOW. What a beautiful event – the grass courts, the incredibly talented players, the Pimm’s, the strawberries and cream – everything was elegant. Plus, the English people are so freakin nice, aren’t they? I thought it was just my good friend Emma, but no. It seems the country is filled with lovely people.

Thanks to our great friends who made this happen for us. It was a great way to spend our 11th Wedding Anniversary!

happy anniversary!

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