Friday, 24 June 2011

French Photo Diary #1

So, everyone, I'm back! I had a lovely time staying at my house in France over the last week, and after looking through all of my photos, I've decided to split my photos into three posts: a post about the town of St Malo (one of my favourite places) and two photo diaries. Enjoy the first diary!
Always when we arrive at the French house after unloading the car and having a cup of tea we head to the supermarket to stock the fridge, and I always stock up on my favourite French magazines: French Glamour, Vogue Paris and Jalouse. I also love Citizen K and French L'Official but they'd sold out. After that I spend the evening relaxing on my bed with my magazines, my laptop and a glass of wine. There is an absolutely incredible photoshoot with Laetita Casta on the cover and inside the July issue of Glamour- if you keep a look out I've got a copy and some other French goodies ready for a French themed giveaway on Tuesday!
The next day we're all really recovering from the car journey at home, so I usually curl up with a book. And, yes, that is an entire plate of macaroons.
On Fathers Day we decided to go for a walk up the road to Villecartier, a local forest land area with play areas for children, country walks and a country running trail for people who like that sort of thing. I remember going there with my Mum and Dad when we first came to the area, and it is such a beautiful and peaceful, scenic walk through the woods around the lake. There is a little toy village on the lake, and people go around it in little boats during the summer.
My lack of a tan is proof of how much rain we had on the trip! It's like we had June in April, so now we have to have April in June! My top is from Boden, and my jacket from H&M (£10 in the sale - absolute bargain!)
As the lake is a popular jogging area, there are loads of extra fitness things installed all over the trail, from climbing bars to sit up areas. Some of these were impossible, but my Dad and I tried most of them. My mother tried to get embarrassing photo of us doing them (there are loads) but this one is not too bad!
I must warn some of my newer readers that, as I am a photographer, and I studied Photography, Art and Art History for way too long I have a tendency to take some really weird and peculiar photos. If I like them, they usually end up on my blog.
We also went to the beautiful and idilic resort town of Dinard with its incredible views, blue waters and sandy beaches. The British Victorians loved to holiday here, and most of the beautiful mansions overlooking the coast were built by them.
Again, I went into full photographer mode on the beach.
We had lunch in the little village of Hede and I got my first seafood dish of the trip, a stone baked Italian pizza topped with shrimp, mussels (my favourite food), squid and baby octopus, the latter of the two I am particularly partial to but never get a chance to eat.


  1. lovely photos :) and that pizza is making me drool!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  2. Yay you're back! You've made me feel rather 'home' sick. I'm glad you had a lovely time. Sooo excited for your give away. The set up of macaroons, french magazines and bed looks idyllic! Looking forward to your next update.
    Love, Emily x

    P.S I love your peculiar photos

  3. That's exactly what my friend said to me yesterday! That we apparently had June in April and now we have April in June..
    The pictures look great, especially the ones taken at the seaside.


  4. I so enjoyed this photo diary Rachel! And that pizza looks scrumptious!


  5. Hello ! Tour photos are so cute: I love! come :)

  6. lovely post. i love the pictures and the narration.

  7. Your trip sounds so relaxing and like so much fun!
    The forest looks gorgeous as well!

  8. Gorgeous photos! :)

    Sounds like you had a lovely time! xx

  9. Welcome back! What a fabulous time for me to find your blog - can't wait to hear more about your trip!

  10. Lovely! I love France.
    And we also had June in April, and now the weather sucks! haha..

  11. This is such a lovely post Rachel! I've always been interested in going to France so I'm pretty jealous. Glad you had such a great time, your pictures are stunning :) xo

  12. What fab pics, looks like a lovely place!! Hope the macarons were nice - I've never tried one :( x

  13. Ohh, French supermarkets...French're making my mouth water! I miss France so much and I can't wait to go back.

  14. Ahh you have just kick-started a massive macaroon craving! Holiday looks amazing xxx

  15. Magazines and macarons! Perfect combination! x

  16. Ahhh France is such a beautiful country !
    Ok, I should admit it, I'm French :D

    You're a good photographer!

  17. Ok, I'm even more jealous than I was before. I *long* for France! It looks beautiful!

  18. Love this post so much, so pretty. macaroons are one of my favourite things ever :)

  19. Mmm, those macarons look so delicious! I'm envious! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!


  20. JE SUIS TRES JALOUX! France is definitely one of the places I would love to live for a short time just to explore and immerse myself in the culture. I can't wait to see more of these photos! ♥

  21. omg firstly! I'm jealoussssss as heck!! :'( cries.
    I want to have french magazines and eat authentic french macaroons! T_T

  22. Wooah the pizza looks divine! Pizza is an easy sell for me at any time or place, but that one's making my mouth water spectacularly, yummmm

  23. what a lovely trip, french magazines & macarons, there is nothing better!

  24. The macaroons look delicious and the photos are amazing. Great inspiration.

    Maryjane xoxo

  25. What beautiful nature shots, and the pizza - save me a slice!

  26. that pizza looks soooo good!

  27. Just got to this from your second one, I seem to have missed an awful lot of your posts, which makes me sad, as I love your blog xxxx

  28. oh my gosh, im hungrrrry!

    - True

  29. these photographs are absolutely beautiful, you are such a brilliant photographer. plus, oh how i'd love a house in france! i've been to paris a few times but i've never explored anywhere else in france. hopefully i'll be able to afford to soon, though! :)


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