In case you haven’t noticed my obnoxious excitement all over Facebook, Twitter and beyond, I’m officially working as a nanny in France. Thanks for reading and I’m glad to have you along for the journey!

This week took me to Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a rain and apple-filled region on the French-Belgian border.

Speaking of apples, the family I work for owns an apple farm there, which is where we stayed for two nights. When I asked the grandfather how long the farm had been in the family, he said, “Well, we have a map from 1820 that has our name on the property, so at least that long.”

As an American that’s a hard concept for me to grasp – their farm might be older than my entire country! The farm was wholesome and very French, and the family couldn’t have been kinder to me.

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best, so please help me by voting!

 

Photo A

Escalles

This was a pretty hill-town I saw near the coast called Escalles. It’s located directly across the water from England, which you can see on a clear day.

Photo B

Escalles

This is the same photo of Escalles but with an HDR effect I played around with in Picasa. Which do you prefer? I notice a lot of travel bloggers using HDR so I’ve gotten curious about it!

 

Photo C

French Lunch

A shot of the family enjoying some wine and cake after a long birthday lunch. The family hadn’t gotten together in months so everyone was laughing and talking loudly and just enjoying each other’s company. It reminded me of why I love France: delicious food, a relaxed pace, the importance of family.

Photo D

Kitten

A little barn kitten I spotted. I was at a farm so there were lots of kittens and cats running around!

Which photo do you like best?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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