The South of France
What is more balming to the soul than a summer spent among friends and family in the sun in the south of France? How good it is to be completely off from any translating work, having that automatic out-of-office email answering nosy clients and no uni or course work laying around waiting to be finished. Good stuff! I spent my days in Hossegor, with some well-spent time in Biarritz, Bordeaux and San Sebastian (how I’ve come to adore that city..). Since I’ve been coming back to these cities every year I have my regular set of eateries and boutiques to visit (Berriz and The Loaf in San Sebastian, the vintage shops near the beach in Biarritz, Chez Fred in Bordeaux) but I am also eager to explore new boutiques. I have been wearing no makeup, just a bathing suit, a simple dress, leather sandals and some Clinique SPF 50 sunscreen on my face. The perfect, nonchalant summer look. Anyway, the Côte Basque will always have my heart for its low key charm, laid back vibe and hidden gems. Not to mention the seafood platters and chilled glasses of white wine in Hossegor.
I also managed to sneak in a little quality time in Paris (with 30 degrees for three days – quite the heat as it stays lingering inside the streets) to hang out with my friends, go for wine and cheese dinners and dance it off at Le Comptoir General at Canal Saint-Martin. France and especially Paris have been growing on me again lately… Who would have known when I moved to Amsterdam I would actually end up thinking fondly of Paris. Am I reminiscing? OK, I must be daft.
As for the moment I am back in Amsterdam, only to leave to go road tripping on the island of Iceland on Monday. Talking about a climate shock… So, as for now I am running around haphazardly trying to find a pair of suitable hiking boots (how fashionable and elegant, I dare say) and the necessary thermal wear (mint timing in the heat of summer, LOL). Oh well, there is one thing which will always beat my love for clothes, and that is my desire to travel. If anyone has recommendations on stylish thermal wear, I would appreciate hearing them. Heck, I might even buy for keeps and wear them during the upcoming atrocious Amsterdam winter weather. I was recommended Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line, and will be sure to have a look. In the meantime, my uniform remains the same: a white shirt, my blue jeans, my Repetto ballet flats and a hint of Chanel’s red lipstick. No need to change a winning team in times of turbulence.