These are a few of my favourite reads

Here are a few of my children’s (and mine) favourite books. Please add to the list and share your best reading adventures:

The Velveteen Rabbit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Story of Ferdinand, the Giving Tree, My World, The House in the Night, Zen Shorts, Make Way for Ducklings, How I Learned Geography, Little Bear’s Visit,


No crocodile tears here


I wasn’t that excited about going to the Crocodile farm, in Pierrelatte, near Montelimar, north of Avignon. I’m not that crazy about those awful animal farms with scruffy animals in tiny compounds looking woefully mistreated and out of their element. However the farm was a good meeting point for friends and  the kids were excited about seeing crocodiles, so I agreed to the visit. And I was in for a pleasant surprise. The farm is an 8,000 meter greenhouse with tropical plants, crocodiles, alligators, giant tortoises and other tropical flora and fauna. The animals are well cared for, and in addition, the site is a place of environmental study, so there is an educational angle to the visit, and even a nusery working to protect these and other reptiles. 

And of course the telling fact was that the kids loved it. We even went back for a second time around. Be prepared for a two hour visit. There are also 2 playgrounds and picnic areas and cafes for those much needed breaks.

Welcome new mothers!

In honor of all those new mothers in our midst, here is something to give you (and for hat matter, all mothers who have been through those crazy first years) a well deserved chuckle.



Stories and historias

For 5+years check out the bilingual (Spanish – French) hour at the ‘Cite du Livre’ in Aix on Wed 28th at 10h30 or 16h. For the younger ones (18 m – 3 years) there is a story hour on the 21st at 16h. 

Both sessions are free, but you need to reserve: 04 42 59 08 15

Eating Elephants

Welcome to sister site !

This blog is about finding one’s way through France, the French kitchen and life. Being closely involved in the French eating culture, both by hobby and by accompanying my French partner in his restaurant in the south of France, has taught me a lot about cooking and about life. Please join me to enjoy stories of this aventure and tips and tricks that I have learned by being on the inside of French cuisine.