Things I Miss Most About England….

I have been here for just over a month now, and can’t believe how fast time has flown by. We are settling in well and have met some great people, and cannot wait to move into our new home next month, living in a hotel is starting to drag…..however I have to admit that there are a few things from home that I am starting to miss, and that I definitely took for granted before I left….

Making a quick call…This is definitely something I miss more than anything else, being able to pick up the phone and have a natter, without having to worry about how much it’s going to cost, scheduling a skype date, or ending a call mid sentence because you’ve run out of credit.

English radio…Something I never thought I’d miss is turning the radio on and listen to a bunch of presenters gibbering on about completely meaningless things, but since I’ve moved away this seems a lot more appealing than listening to a bunch of presenters gibbering on in French. Also I have not yet acquired a taste for French pop music….it is much to be desired!

Roast Dinners…Roast dinners are by far my favourite meal in the whole world, and it is near impossible to get one in Toulouse, there are only two pubs in driving distance to me that do them, one is always full of 50 year old men….no thanks, and the other is so popular you have to make a reservation and arrive before midday to make sure there’s any roasts left, which defeats the whole idea of a lazy Sunday lunch!

Red post boxes…Quite a random one, but the French have these bright yellow post boxes and yellow postal vans, that I just can’t take to….give me a pillar box red post box any day!

English fashion…So I have just finished a 5 year fashion degree, and I know it’s cliched but have a serious passion for fashion….lets just say Toulouse isn’t quite Paris, and I am seriously struggling to find a winter wardrobe….what i would do for Topshop right now!

Robinsons orange squash…(Has to be no added sugar!) A strange addiction of mine that I just can’t seem to overcome, although I have managed to get my hands on different varieties of Robinsons orange squash, I have failed miserably to find the right one…..I have already insisted to anyone who comes to visit they must bring orange squash!!

Proper English pubs…Imitation English pubs just aren’t the same, they may be full of English people, but they are generally in strange shop units that look nothing like a good old English pub, and don’t serve good pub grub like you get back home.

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A good natter with a stranger…I love to chat, and I definitely wouldn’t call myself shy so generally I have no qualms about having a quick natter with someone sat next to me on the bus, or in a queue at the supermarket…..this is near impossible to do when 99% of people around you are French and have absolutely no idea what you are saying!

Screw top wine…I’m pretty sure this is one of those I shouldn’t admit, especially considering the amazing wine you can get over here, but no matter how much I try I just seem to lack the talent to use a corkscrew or need to invest in an expensive snazzy one that will undo my wine in one pop.

Although there are a few things I’m missing about home there’s plenty of stuff I’m loving over here, but that’s for next time……

Au revoir mes amis x

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How Time Flies……

So I have been here just over 2 weeks now, and I cannot believe how much I have already done!

The first few days after I arrived were a blur of excitement and bewilderment from moving over here, I spent most of my time exploring the little towns and villages close by, one of my favourites was Pibrac;

Pibrac

Pibrac is a picturesque little town on the outskirts of Toulouse, nicknamed ‘La petite Anglettere’ due to the large number of English speaking inhabitants in the village.

 The bell

Is a lovely English style traditional pub in the centre of Pibrac where you can grab an English pint and English pub food, I opted for the typically English cheese and beans jacket potato which did not disappoint!

A village full of history 

There is plenty of history surrounding the town of Pibrac, it is well known for Le Chateau de Pibrac, a converted 16th century castle, and the Basilica de St Germain a beautiful church dedicated to St Germaine Cousin.


I have also ventured into the city centre, and had a fab day trip to Andorra over the weekend, details to follow…….

Au revoir mes amis x

My Favourite French Fancy’s

It’s officially a month today (and around this time) that I will finally be arriving in Toulouse, it seems like it is taking forever to come although its only been two months!!

In celebration of this I have done a little bit of shopping, and started putting together my new French wardrobe, here are a few of my faves…..

ImageTop – Glamorous £35,  Shorts – American Apparel £50, Shoes – Converse £43, Necklace – Urban Outfitters £14.

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Top – Primark (No longer for sale), Vintage Levis – Urban Outfitters £32, Shoes – Urban Outfitters £45

Denim shirt – Primark £10, Dress -Glamorous £29.99, Necklace – Postcards From Aloysius $30 – Jewellery available from http://www.youngrepublic.com/designer/postcardsfromaloysius.html

All very English I feel, I am definitely going to have to try adding a French beret to my outfit when I arrive to help give my outfits a french twist!

On a final note I am doing some market research on the French fashion market as I would love to bring some ‘English Style’ to the french and would really REALLY appreciate it if anybody who is living in France could fill out the below survey – it will only take 5 minutes I pinky promise!!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3LSFR39

Thanks 🙂

Happy Blogging!!

xxx