Summer is rolling out. I’m hoping this Indian summer will stick around just a few days more before the leaves fully turn and fall from their branches and the rain falls more often.

This summer Louis and I didn’t get vacation. I know, surprising being in France, the country with 5 weeks paid vacation which is often unheard of to most hardworking Americans. As I had just started my new permanent contract (paid vacation days have to be earned throughout the first year for the following year… vivement next year!) and Louis just started a new project, we had to swing through summer working full time on our mix and match schedules. We have nothing to complain about though; we are loving what we do, and this summer we took in slow, enjoyed Paris, but also hopped on the highway just a short ride to the countryside for a breath of fresh air with the in-laws whenever we could. An excuse to get out of Paris on the weekends certainly made summer feel more real.

A la campagne it feels like summer year round. Not because of the weather, but because it’s relaxing and just so beautiful. We dine even with the chills outside, with light gardlands lit and candles topping the table as soon as the sun goes down, it is as charming as ever. With the foggy mornings and flowers for every season in bloom throughout the year, it’s safe to say that the countryside is pure magic. My father-in-law’s garden was at its peak later than expected this year, so our fruit and veggie explorations were the cherry on top of a good weekend away during the Indian summer.

I suppose with age and wonderful experiences I’m realizing that summer doesn’t only consist in getting away for vacation to a beach somewhere. A weekend away in good company, delicious and quality grub in a beautifully cozy home can certainly suffice. What makes your summer feel like summer?



  1. September 20, 2014

    gorgeous! love the baskets

    • Meg #
      October 7, 2014

      Anisa, those baskets are one of my favorite things!!! Perfect for picking fresh veggies in the garden.

  2. September 22, 2014

    Quel joli jardin, c’est un véritable paradis ! J’aime beaucoup tes photos de la maison de tes beaux-parents, tu la mets en valeur, ça donne envie d’y passer un week-end !

    • Meg #
      October 7, 2014

      Effectivement, cette maison est magique!! Merci d’être passé par mon blog, Mlle Mayo! Ravie que mes photos te plaisent.

  3. September 22, 2014

    Simply gorgeous photos Meg! And I agree with you about summer vacation. We didn’t go anywhere this year either but a day in the countryside was the perfect remedy for that!

    • Meg #
      October 7, 2014

      Thank you, Melissa!!

  4. Caro #
    October 1, 2014

    so cute do Jefferson and Ciboulette ever play together?

    • Meg #
      October 7, 2014

      No, unfortunately they avoid each other!

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