A fabulous day at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship 2017

After about 14 years in London, I realised this year, I still had never visited the Wimbledon Tournament and experienced the unique atmosphere. We could have secured tickets with l’Homme via his tennis club but with our 3 little ones, the logistic and childcare cost would have made it a really pricey experience.

So when a group of photo enthusiasts organised a meetup to visit the place and spend the day out there I was all ears. However, as the date to make our way to the tournament got closer, lots of people started commenting on the groups’ forum that the queues to get tickets to access the grounds on the day were totally crazy and my hopes started to fade. I nearly did not attend the meetup feeling less than optimistic but I still went. Sometimes, the stars align and by a course of incredible circumstances, my mates Matt, John & Joseph were given the incredible chance to enter the grounds which was for me totally unbelievable. To put things into perspective, 9000 people camped overnight on a daily basis to get access to the tournament!!!

 

Sometimes, the stars align and by a course of incredible circumstances, my mates Matt, John & Joseph were given the incredible chance to enter the grounds which was for me totally unbelievable. To put things into perspective, 9000 people camp overnight on a daily basis to get access to the tournament!!!

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2 top cold soups recipes, perfect for the summer!

If you’ve been following me for a little while you’ll know I love soups – I even share my favourite winter ones in this post. I find soups filling and nourishing, especially in the winter time. However, in the summer and especially in the current mini heat wave that we are having here in the UK, a hot soup could end up being torture unless you are looking a sweat to get rid of toxins or God knows what. Looking for fresh, lighter dishes but still nourishing and tasty I want to share with you today 2 excellent cold soups. You could enjoy them as a main course, a starter or even as a little nibble during an aperitif.

So without further ado:

  • The cucumber, yoghurt and fresh mint soup

Delicious cold cucumber soup & special K topping

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My 12 favourite spots to visit with kids outside London

I love exploring with my family. Going on an outing with them is something I really treasure and enjoy. Since welcoming our son 8 years ago we have visited a fair number of beautiful (and less beautiful) spots and I thought  – since the summer is upon us and the holidays soon to start – that I would share with you my favourite 12. I must admit, the hard bit was not the selection of the places I wanted to talk to you about but find in my extensive archive of photos, the shots to illustrate each venue. I had to look through no less than 3 external hard drives (yes, I am a prolific photo taker;-))

[Note that I have intentionally not added the notorious kids’ friendly spots such as Peppa Pig World, Chessington, Bocketts Farm, Hobbledown etc which most of you already know.]

So, in no particular order (drum rolls;-), here is my selection:

1 – Garsons, the Pick-your-own farm (Surrey): a favourite place of ours.

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It’s all about the frills

I have made no secret I like looking feminine. I may not always be able to be bang on trend or be the coolest girl on the block but, with age, I just try to find my own style. I have always loved the addition of frills on certain pieces of clothing so what a treat it is fashionable this season. What it means is that there are tonnes of cute clothes with frills this summer in the shops & online.

H&M white frills top

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Visiting The Cotswolds​, picture perfect Britain

So l’Homme and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last month! Not that it came easy to reach that milestone, married life is full of beautiful moments but with that also comes lots of challenges especially if you become parents. We are, by no means, a perfect couple, actually, we have lots to work on but, we keep trying on getting it right. Anyway, 10 years is not a bad achievement and I certainly thought it was worth a mini celebration. I suggested to l’Homme we paid a visit to The Cotswolds, one of my favourite areas in Britain and where l’Homme proposed – so a bit of a symbol and a trip down the memory lane.

Houses in Bourton-on-the-hill

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IT glitch, a little apology…

Dear all, please apologize for the shenanigans running on my site at the moment especially for those of you who have so kindly decided to subscribe to my blog. I intented yesterday to re-design my menu when, somehow I managed to delete it all! Needless to say I tried to fix it until far too late last night but things are not going according to plans.

I have alltogether decided to re-do it all and this is why some older posts might come your way again. Please bear with me, I am dealing myself with the logistics and all those IT aspects and I am pretty much learning as I go which means sometimes there are a few hitches….I hope you stick with me 🙂

Pink wild flowers

Pink wild flowers

A NEW blog post will be on its way to you soon. Thanks a lot!

Julie

2 fantastic shops you must visit next time you are in Paris

During my last Paris visit, I was able to visit a couple of shops I had been wanting to discover by myself for a long time. Sometimes I struggle to become fully excited about a place until I visit it and see it with my own eyes. However, having visited these 2 shops now, I can assure you, you won’t be disapointed!

Mint & Lilies

La boutique de Mint & Lilies

 

Le coup de coeur!

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Never doubt it, Paris is always a good idea!

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I was lucky enough 2 weeks ago to return to my beloved hometown of Paris. With the arrival of our youngest and the busy life that turned out to be when you have 3 kids, I had not had a chance to visit this beautiful city in 3 long years. Finally, the stars aligned and I was able to spend a gorgeous 3-day weekend ➡️beware, this a photo filled post 😉!

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My non-alcoholic summer beverage of choice

_P1A7097internetSummer is fast approaching, although I must say in London we are still waiting for Spring to turn up;-) When the days get warmer and nicer, I sometimes crave for a nice fruity drink that does not involve alcohol. I discovered a couple of years ago a new kind of fruity and sparkling drink that I love: San Pellegrino fruit beverages. It’s a mix of sparkling water and concentrated juice which tastes delicious.

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