As promised, the boyfriend agreed to following me around some beauty shops today! The shops here are fantastic, all types of stores selling a huge variety of things, all lined up in the lovely old buildings.
Amongst them, some familiar beauty stores caught my eye. I had a good nose, and was extremely tempted to buy lots of bits but unfortunately, with the current exchange, makeup is by no means cheaper here.
The local chemists however, stock an amazing array of skincare that in most cases came up as nearly half the price. Some of my favourite brands filled the shelves.
I didn’t go completely without. I bought some must have bioderma bottles at a great price, a makeup brush and a polish. I will review these properly when I return home.
Just when I thought there was nothing as sweet as shopping, we made our daily pass by a patisserie window that boasts the most inviting treats. Today, we went in! I can’t even explain how excited I was and how extremely scrumptious these were.
Today was our last in La Rochelle. We dined French with, croissant, coffee, mussels and wine. Tomorrow we head North towards home with one stop left; St Marlo.
It appears that Sunday isn’t the only day of rest for France. Most shops are closed am and even the harbour had drips and drabs of tourists this morning.
In spirit of this lazy Lundi, we decided to head to the beach. Roof down, suncream on, new beach towels at the ready we set off for some sun, sea and sand!
In keeping with the quiet Monday mood, the beach was perfectly scattered with just a few other bathers. I enjoyed a good paddle, collected some shells like a kid and took lots of photos with my lovely camera.
After a tiring day, we had a delicious French meal of terrine, duck and creme brulee with a glass of red. Perfect!
Last day in La Rochelle tomorrow so hopefully some shopping shall be done!
Sunday, the day of rest. It always fascinates me how bustling French towns turn into empty streets one day each week. It changes a place completely. We spent today relaxing, eating, walking and taking in the calm atmosphere.
I went for a mint dress this eve with neutral accessories. My new clutch and bracelet matched up well and it is a particularly comfy dress which was perfect for sitting on the port wall eating treats and drinking iced tea.
I fell in love with this pink and white macaroon dessert today. Ive been conjuring up cupcake ideas inspires by the lovely colour all evening. We stepped away from the French cuisine and opted for sushi for dinner. It was so fresh and delicious! We ended up sitting on a wall eating dougnut sticks (chi chi) and watching the beautifully lit harbour.
Off to bed, ready for the world to wake up for Monday.
Today was lovely. The weather was perfect, the sites were beautiful and the food was fantastic.
We spent most of the day on a little island off the west coast called Ile De Re. For those unaware (as I was) of this little treasure, this is a most impressive little place. The small stretch of land is quite unsual in that the whole
island is covered in roads specifically built for bikes. Cyclists wind around the vast grape fields and oyster beds, along a web of paths connecting the seaside hamlets. The flow of two wheel travel was brilliant and it was so much fun to experience this well planned and beautiful spot by hiring ourselves bikes and joining the stream.
Why the UK haven’t cottoned on to the French boulangerie success I don’t know. The baking in these places is insane, far too pretty to eat and ever so reasonably priced. We have found our favourite morning coffee stop now, full of sweet treats. The most deliciois lemon meringue tart I’ve ever tasted and giant pink meringues is like heaven to me. I shall dream of pastries.
Today was our main travel day. A five hour drive through to La Rochelle has worn Tink out but we did get here in time to enjoy some of the lovely sun and scenery!
With a strong coffee, a coissant and clear roads ahead, our morning drive was pleasent enough.
Our hotel is really nice, sittig right in the center of La Rochelle just a few steps from the port.
Is it sad that the first thing I always check out is what freebie wash products are out? Probably, but I’m impressed with my little selection. I have now added to it my essentials: Liz Earle Cleanser, Origins Ginzing face cream and Soap & Glory sugar body butter.
The weather is fine but not scorching so I popped on my denim dress and some accessories.
La Rochelle really is a stunner. I love the sea and Tink and I enjoy picking boats we like best in wishful thinking. The top image really caught my eye. I love the colours of the houses with the lighthouse and wheel together. When I get back to the UK I will post some higher quality pics of the whole trip.
I thought I would add some pictures of random bits and bobs each day that I liked.
There are some really fun shops here, lots selling retro furniture which I love! Even thw green chair in my hotel room is pretty cool.
I always stand for ages starring at stalls. This bead stand had me for quite a while. All colour co-ordinated and shiny!
You can’t go a day in France without some kind of sweet treat. Today a chocolate and banana crepe. Yum!
Looking forward to more exploration and fun tomorrow.
We set off on our little holiday to France this morning, yay! I am going to post a little page of pics each day on here for those who fancy seeing what I’m up to.
Apologies for quality as I am having to use my phone to take the pics, collage them and post from.
I will include as much fashion and beauty as possible but the trip is mainly about sun, sea, food and pretty views!
We are currently relaxing in hotel number one in Rouen just south of Calais after a little poke around the cute city center and a scrumtious salad followed buy sweets from the biggest sweet shop I have ever come across!