Tuesday, August 26, 2014
So this weekend we had a couple of events scheduled, the first one was a civil baptism and the second was a 20th Birthday party. Here are some pictures of What I wore... Pretty much white the whole day. Luckily I didn't get myself dirty.
The civil baptism a very odd concept for me. It is a way of officially and legally naming the god parents. Except to my knowledge it was meant to be a religious affaire... well the times have changed. The new thing to do in France for those who don't have a religion or believe in God is to do baptise their children through the city Hall. They have the benefits of offically naming the 'marraine' --> God mother and the 'parraine' --> God father, with out the religous attachment. This may sound appealing to some while there are those who prefer the more traditional route. In any case its a good excuse to have a huge lunch and party!
Later on that evening we headed out to a White Party! It was M's best friend's cousin's 20th birthday and she celebrated it BIG! Turning 20 in France is a big deal kind of like our 21st birthday in the US except its a bit more logical. We celebrate it big for our 21st because it's the age when you can drink alchohol legally and go to the night clubs among other things... but let's face it mostly because of alcohol. In France you celebrate your 20th. It has nothing to do with alcohol since at 18 you can legally drink. Honestly even at a younger age, but let's stay politically correct here. In France they do it big for every decade i.e 20yrs old, 30yrs old, 40yrs old etc. This marks points in your life where you're meant to be in a different stage. Maturity, stability..etc. I find that a bit more consistent than being old enough to drink, but that's just my personal opnion.
I find it so interesting to see and compare the cultural differences between the American, Dominican, and French way.
I find it makes me more open-minded.
Until next time mes amies!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This weekend we spent a lot of time hanging out by the sea it was quite nice and relaxing. In the south of France we aren't only lucky to have gorgeous weather most of the year, but also to be surrounded by the mediterranean sea which can be a treat during the hot summer months.On saturday afternoon we decided to head out and visit Carry le Rouet with M's sister, but instead we took a detour and went to the tiniest beach ever in ensués. Boy was it tiny... There were maybe 50 of us squished up like sardines but well worth it. The water was crisp and clean not extremely over populated as you can find in Cassis and Marseille. It was a really nice day.
We wanted to keep the beach momentum going so M planned to take me to a beach he used to go to often years ago. This beach was a bit different. First of all it was a bit far from where we live about an hour and a half, yet it took us 3 hours to get there... let's just say someone had a hard time with the GPS and the directions in their head. This beach is well know for being a bit secluded, a nice place to camp in and have bbqs, you can literally drive your car up to the beach and chill out the whole day; night, week, month or entire summer. There are Kilometers and Kilometers of sandy beach for everyone so you're not battling it out for a spot to place your towel. The beach is very very shallowand warm so it's quite great for families with young kids. Most of all this beach is known for its kite surfers and kite runners because it's very windy. But who minds a bit of wind on a hot summer day?
Not to mention, this place is not accessable by GPS and the road.. well let's just say you're not bringing you're brand new BMW over there beacuse it might just not make it.
I really enjoyed this place, its unlike any other beach experience that I've had. And as you know I like things that are out of the ordinary. Welcome to Beauduc.
Thats all for today! Bisous to all. I hope you enjoyed this weekend re-cap.