A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

Month: July, 2017

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While I was at it (and already sampled a lot) I went all in and had Lunch with a sprinkling of chocolate on everything. It was delicious!!

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It was an interesting visit, very interactive where I learned a lot (and sample a LOT!)

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I did a sample chocolate making class in Singapore and when I told the host that I l grew up not far from the Valrhona Chocolate factory she started to be all excited and asking me a bunch of questions… I had to admit I had never been. To my defense this “Cité du Chocolat” i.e. museum/interactive behind-the-scene exploration of chocolate only opened in 2013!).

Valrhona is one of the leading producers of gastronomic chocolate in the world. It focuses mainly on high-grade luxury chocolate marketed for commercial use by chefs as well as for private consumption. The company also maintains the École du Grand Chocolat, a school for professional chefs with a focus on chocolate-based dishes and pastries.

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When the road trip bug bites you

Onto another little trip to learn all about Chocolate!!

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When the road trip bug bites you

Onto another little trip to learn all about Chocolate!!

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Three weeks flew by.

My little bird is back from his summer camp which took him from the Alps to Brittany via central France.

He’s back full of memories, epic adventures (paragliding, horse riding, canyoning, moto riding, drone piloting, via Ferrara, sailing, stand up paddle, surf, diving, etc -I’m tired just typing it!-) and more French, once again, then his own mother 😉

We get 10 days of one on one quality time before my second bird flies back to the nest.

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You drive hundreds of kilometers to go see the lavender fields and when you come back from your trip to Provence, your next door neighbor tell you to come get some lavender 😉

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…. then you remember one of your friends you met in Beijing has a summer home in the region so you text her.

A. happened to have 2 friends from Beijing (well one from NZ and one from Mexico/Canada now) so you end up spending a few days there and having a small Beijing Reunion. The funny thing is once we send those 2 friends back, we got a call from another friend from Beijing who also lives in the region for Aperitif and another friend from Beijing showed up.

Sometimes impromptu trips end up being an amazing little summer break away from the big summer break.

I might alternate Europe big city break (where are we going next year Elke?) and discovering the France terroir.

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…. then you remember one of your friends you met in Beijing has a summer home in the region so you text her.

A. happened to have 2 friends from Beijing (well one from NZ and one from Mexico/Canada now) so you end up spending a few days there and having a small Beijing Reunion. The funny thing is once we send those 2 friends back, we got a call from another friend from Beijing who also lives in the region for Aperitif and another friend from Beijing showed up.

Sometimes impromptu trips end up being an amazing little summer break away from the big summer break.

I might alternate Europe big city break (where are we going next year Elke?) and discovering the France terroir.

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and this will wrap up the “Celine In Provence” posts

While following two friends’ (part of a group of 8) 20,000-km journey, the mongol rally a 3-month rally race through Central Asia, I came upon the (urban) word: Coddiwomple (I actually remember seeing the world in a blog post a few months ago)

Coddiwomple:

To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination

This summarize perfectly my little summer solo trip. I wanted to finally go see the lavender fields which attract thousands of tourists from all around the world. I have a few friends from far fletch destination who came and heard from other friends that it’s been on their place-to-go list, yet I’ve never been nor do I remember going with my parents when I was younger (even though they took us to a lot of places in France and Italy during our long summer trip) and the crazy thing is it’s just a little over a 2-hour drive from where I grew up and our summer house.

While I knew what I wanted to see, I only roughly knew where I wanted to go (Instagram and blog posts helped me a lot… long gone are weeks of planning with tourist guide!)….

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