We hiked up the Riviere Eternite mountain, overlooking the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Canada. It was a meditative moment. Letting the nature touch our hearts. On the top, we munched on bananas and fruit cake that one of my students had made for me. I felt thankful for the peace and quiet. Some hikers passed by, gently saying “hello”. We trekkers were in a club of our own.
Recently life’s been good. Work has slowed down a bit so I’ve had time to plan new things for next year, as well as enjoy walking outside. I’ve done more journaling and coffee shop lingering, too. Yesterday I kicked off the rollerblading season. Summer is the time to enjoy the beauties of Quebec. Flowers flourish and everyone seems to be out and about. This is when we get our energies going. We live – fully.
Sebastien and I took a long weekend trip to up North the province of Quebec. We saw the Saguenay Fjord, the city of Chicutimi and Lake Saint Jean. These outfit pics come from the lake shore that actually looks more like a sea. The below shot is of the fjord.
The landscapes were breathtaking. Such vast nature. I’m a city girl but a lovely getaway like this is always a welcomed game changer. Some relaxation was well needed. I’ve actually been MIA on the blog, because life has gotten so busy. Summer slowdown has gotten me develop my own business. Brainstorming new ideas on how to grow my English teaching activity has grabbed all my attention. It’s been a fun process. Hanging out at Starbucks – yes, I’ve kept that on the program – and jotting down possibilities to try.
Life is a journey and each period is sweet in its own way, I’m in my professional refection phase right now and I’m making the most of the ride… Sending love to y’all!
In Chicago we rented Divvy bikes and visited the Lake Michigan side. I adored getting another look on the city. It felt more of a local. I had made us sandwiches. We stopped whenever something interesting came up. Playing it all by ear. A pop into the botanical gardens crowned the fun filled day.
The biking day called for a relaxed chic outfit. So I went plaid. Layering seemed the perfect match with the windy city. Time with the Sweets. A new to me big city to roam about. A coffee stop. Relaxing here and there. That was what life needed. Batteries were loaded and sweet little memories made.
Back to Chicago… Here’s to the Bean! It’s really worth it venturing out to the Millennium Park and checking out the giant legume. There was a relaxed atmosphere. Folks just chilling and enjoying the spring day. I felt chirpy in my pink leggings. Spring days need that color boost.
We enjoyed seeing many colorful murals. Chicago is very much affected by the over the ground subway network flowing thru the city. We toured around the Loop Area and saw some interesting coffee shops. We also tasted Chicago’s famous Garrett’s American cheese-caramel corn pop corn mix.
Chicago made my mood pink. It boosted me in my desire to go on living and experiencing. I gave me a blast of fashion, city culture and encounters with new people. I walked a ton, drank a few sips and laughed endlessly.
Chillin’ times are so important. I learned to love me some red wine during my Parisian years. After a long day working or visiting out and about, I need some down time. I put ny feet up and just indulge. Recently I’ve fallen in love with a Netflix series Love. I just love Gus’ funky personality. It all happens in L.A. There’s hardy partying and love-looking.
Life’s been good recently. The sun is out more and more. I take longer walks and drink my coffee on the terrace. There’s nowhere else I need to be right now. Just here and now… Looking forward to what Quebec City has to offer in the upcoming weeks. I have an English speakers meet up organized for tomorrow. I’m also hosting a girls’ Glamour Night – my thrice a year tradition now – the following Friday.
Here’s to Chicago! Together with our funky group of Frenchies. The hubs and his work buddies. It’s interesting visiting the USA with French folks. You see our country from another perspective. The pictured moments took place during our first evening, fresh off the airport. We wanted to touch base with the Windy City by catching some lake breeze a hop away from our Airbnb rental.
Naturally my indulgence wouldn’t have been perfect without some Starbucks liquid TLC. I love those first evenings at a new travel destination. You are just so boosted. Everything is yet to come. Exciting adventures ahead.
I had been to Chicago twice before – but a long time ago. The city left me with a pleasant impression. There are definitely things to experience – comedy shows, park walks, renting Divvy bikes and some shopping, too. The most memorable event for me was the Architecture Tour on a river boat. The sun treated us to a gorgeous Saturday morning. We gave Chicago our undivided attention that its beauty duly deserved.
More Chicago moments to come…