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Visiting Granville and Christian Dior’s childhood home, which opened as the Musée Christian Dior in 1997, has been on my epic weekend getaway TO DO since I started working for Dior early last year. Most of my colleagues have been to the dreamy pink house and man, I was a bit jealous! I knew I’d have get some travel-hungry pals to join me on the little journey to the Manche to visit it. After discussing it last summer repetedly, and then all winter and then spring being like, “oh yeah, we should go to Granville…”, we enfin locked in and I was so completely and ridiculously excited. Anne, Ylenia, Lauren and I hit the road one Saturday morning in my pretty old but powerful used car and headed northwest towards the sea. The cherry on top was that the family with whom I lived when I was 16 for a year came over from Caen to discover Villa Rhumbs with us.

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Despite the fact that we’ve had a sunny and hot summer – one that actually exists this year – we did have a few cloud and rain scares that particular weekend according to la météo… OF ALL OF THE WEEKENDS, ugh. Lucky enough, the clouds cleared the sky as we got closer and closer to Granville, and gosh we had the best of luck that day. Pure sunshine! As we got even closer we rolled the windows down as we passed through little towns adorned with hydrangeas, we could actually smell the seaside air. Granville itself is a little port town, with one main street and a big-ass cliffside that wraps upward along the coast with a few cute streets filled with cafés and shops (check out rue des Juifs if you’re visiting). In the town center, we popped in for a quick and delicious lunch at Picorette before heading up the hill to CD’s childhood pad.

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That house though… It’s painted such a dreamy peachy pink, and surrounded by the greenest freshly cut grass and flower-filled gardens in every direction. Fun fact: Christian Dior actually aspired to be an architect when he was younger, but now that I’ve seen these gardens I am totally not surprised by the fact that when he ended up becoming a couturier his love for flowers is so obvious (the names and shapes of dresses or looks, perfumes… The love he had for flowers certainly made of them a key part of Dior’s world. Oh, and here’s a little photo souvenir of petit CD.

The museum fills up the whole house, there aren’t like the original rooms or anything. The current exhibition is The New Look Revolution, a focus on Dior’s iconic silhouette, notably the iconic Bar jacket and the Corolle skirt. This feminine style with a cinched waist and full bust set the pace of fashion in post-war 1947. Amongst the photographs, video clips and magazine clippings on the three floors of this precious pink house, were the actual pieces: those by Monsieur Dior himself as well as silhouettes inspired by his New Look by the House’s current and previous designers. Quite a small exhibition, but filled with momentos of Monsieur Dior’s first collection where the New Look was unveiled, the impact his vision had on fashion at the time, and how deeply engraved this silhouette is in the House’s DNA, even today.

Behind the house is a little outdoor Salon de Thé with pink metal chairs where you can enjoy a high teadiorisé (note: the salon de thé is only open in the summer months). Bref, we spent the afternoon in this lovely place, frolicking on the grass (technically we weren’t supposed to, but ended up doing cartwheels, oops), and taking one million pictures of flowers and all things pink. I think I could go on and on about how lovely this little visit was, but I’ll leave that here. Oh, and yes that’s kale outside in front of the exhibition poster.

Caen-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-12Every November, Louis and I go to celebrate birthdays with the family that I lived with when I was 16, where I caught onto French and fell in love with French culture. This marvelous family that I adore has since moved to Caen, and I was so excited to discover their new city and the sea on our little weekend getaway. On the sunny winter afternoon we drove up to the historical seaside, popping by the fish market to prepare for the lunch that followed.

On our way back to Paris, we spun through Pont Audemer, the town where I lived for a year with them, for a little dinner date before heading back to the city life.

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Last Sunday Louis and I drove up to Pont Audemer, where I studied abroad when I was 16 for a year. This Normandy town is just so charming and full of adorables: flowers and canals and colombage. It’s always refreshing to go back and remember the strolls down rue de la République or running to the boulangerie in between classes. It seems so long ago.

This previous weekend we headed down to Montargis for the weekend with some friends. Stay tuned for pictures of probably what is the most picturesque weekend in this year so far!

How are your summer weekends? Enjoying some sun rays?

Fourmetot, Pont Audemer, Normandie

Fourmetot is right by Pont Audemer, which is where I learned French while studying abroad in high school for a year. It is such a cute place and Normandy is just fantastic. It’s refreshing to get out of Parisland.

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I really want one of these.

Smoothies are super delicious.

This looks yummy. Do you like shrimp?

Maybe the sun will come out to play so us Parisians can enjoy sitting on café terrasses.

This time last year I was here with one of my favorite people on this earth.

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Only an hour and ten minute train ride out of Paris Gare Saint Lazare and you’re on the seaside in Deauville. On the English channel, Deauville is a precious town separated by a little river to Trouville. Both are filled with little shops and restaurants along the quai with parked boats and the sound of waves. It’s perfect in the springtime or if you want to take a pop in the water, summer is ideal. It’s chic atmosphere is also cozy with just about every sense of relaxtion you can think of. Along the water and the quais are tini restaurants with outdoor seating with savory crêpes and moules-frîtes to suit your fancy. But also try some Calvados, just for the sake of being in Normandy.

You can take a little boat from Trouville to Deauville (the other side of the marina) which takes about 10 minutes, but it’s fun if you don’t feel like walking all the way around it. The Deauville side is filled with high end shops and cafés and the likes. On the water is also the ever-so-famous Casino of Deauville, where you can hit the slots with a gin tonic on the seaside where the Deauville American Film Festival is held annually. For more info on Deauville in general, click here.

When I went last spring, we stayed in the Hotel Le Fer A Cheval and it was absolutely precious and right in the town center. It was the perfect weekend trip outside of Paris. Tickets can be anywhere from 8-20euros one-way, and you can get them on the SNCF website.

Only an hour and a half and you’re at the seaside.