Calling these adventures is, well, a bit of a stretch. Maybe if I lump them all together, you won't notice how, well, boring I've been lately. I've always felt rather independent, but it's really not as much fun wandering around my cold town all alone. I can't wait until you all start to visit me!
But at least I do have friends around, even if they aren't close. Soon after I got my hair cut, my friend Anna came to visit. I love having Anna here, as we always end up laughing and having a great time, even if we're just hanging out in my apartment watching movies and eating Nutella.
Anna also had her first French eclair the other weekend. These things are really good. Like, really, really good.
We also made crepes. (You have to put the Nutella on something, and people judge when you eat it on a spoon. Not that that stops me.)
Later that week, I got the chance to really go to Dieppe. (See here for my first, not-so-exciting experience in Dieppe.)
This time my friend Amélie invited me to have lunch at her grandmother's house. She lives in the countryside near Dieppe, so after lunch Amélie and I decided to head to the coast.
I got to touch the ocean! It was cold and windy, so we just had to stop, take advantage of les soldes, and buy new hats.
Trés chic, non? Amélie is so French in her beret!
We also had a beautiful, spring-like day on Friday the 11th. I'm talking 55 F and sunny. Sunny. I broke out my sunglasses and went for a walk down by the Seine.
I discovered a fun mural on a local building. I have no idea what this building is, but isn't the art fun?
I also made some new friends while I took these photos. Tourists don't really come to Elbeuf, despite our fabulous museum, so taking pictures tends to get me noticed. These guys somehow automatically guessed I spoke English (I hate when that happens. How do they know?), and we had a conversation about why I was in Elbeuf, despite it being merde.
I love random encounters.
The circus was in town again this weekend...
and my friend Charlotte had a book signing at a local bookstore.
I got a little lost trying to get here, because when Charlotte said the book signing was at la librarie, the English speaking part of my brain pictured my local library. But librarie in French means bookstore, so I ended up confusing myself and some librarians before I figured out my mistake. Oops.
I also got the chance to introduce Anna and Kirsty to the Elbeuf Museum. It's one of the few things going on in my town, so I talk about it a lot. Plus it's free! The only thing I don't love about it is the lighting. It's dim and it creates a really nice atmosphere and really bad photos.
See? And these are enhanced. The bad lighting is the museum's doing, but the silliness...that's all us!
We also went in search of coffee and discovered a local bar celebrating the Simpsons. French people love this show; I'm just sad that this is their window into American culture.
And to finish up this epic-ly long post, my valentine's day in France:
I went into town to shop for boots (I bought some, but they've got to go back; they're too small). Then I bought myself a fancy eclair. Yum. It was a lovely day, despite my lack of an amoureuse.
Hope your Valentine's Day was wonderful too! I'll be back soon with Fun French Friday.