Today is the Final Day of my Language miniseries!
Some of my readers may know that I speak French, but for those that don’t “Bonjour, mes amis!” I decided to learn French in high school where I took three years of it, meanwhile the majority of my friends opted for Spanish or Spanish for Native Speakers. 😉 Then I went on to college where I minored in Francophone Studies. So that’s just a little background of my Frenchie side! Nowadays, I use my newly profound language by occasionally listening to French music, watching French films, and reading books in French. I’ve fallen in love with the rap/pop vibes of Gims and the very talented Romain Duris (I’ve seen 5 of his films!) and all the way in outer space with the novel Le Petit Prince. 😉
Sometimes I feel as God has blessed me by giving me the most random encounters with French speaking people. I’ll list a few below. 🙂
1. Four summers ago, I was trekking up Lombard Street and I stumbled upon a French family.
2. On the road to Raleigh, my family stopped to a Burger where I meet a small group of Congolese people.
3. On a separate occasion, when I worked in retail there was a Congolese family that would go grocery shopping often.
4. One time I applied to local thrift store where the owners happened to be from Quebec.
I may be missing more encounters but those were my most memorable ones! They hopefully won’t be the last and I look forward to many more 😉
On a side note, I thought I’d share some photos of my trip to Paris exactly two summers ago that I’d never got around to posting. Check them out on my Instagram @cisne.rose !!
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” -William Wordsworth
Do you ever feel like you just need a quick mountain trip and take in all of Nature? We all do sometimes. My boyfriend, my brother and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to the mountains. I’m thankful to live in a state where we’re 2 to 3 hours away from them!
My plan was initially to head to Rough Ridge for a quick photoshoot but we ended up in Pisgah National Forest. All due to miscommunication. LOL. Sometimes, we just gotta laugh at these things. Driving through Pisgah, we saw a sign for Looking Glass Falls and decided to pull over for a quick stop. The falls were incredibly beautiful and several people were amongst us taking photos as well. Afterwards we were on our way to “said Rough Ridge” before we realized we were still an hour and a half away from it and it was lunch time already. Quickly ditching that plan, we made our way to our other planned destination: Asheville.
Before we headed to downtown Asheville, we stopped by Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack for lunch. We had read previous reviews on this local restaurant and we were in for the best fried chicken of our lives! You can order your chicken to be seasoned anywhere from mild to XX hot! My boyfriend ordered the hot seasoned fried chicken, on the other hand I ordered mine plain to be on the safe side. Haha. 🙂 Meanwhile, my brother had ordered a chicken wrap. With our bellies full and satisfied, we headed back down the street to a cute pumpkin stand we had seen on our way to Rocky’s.
The pumpkin stand had all different colored pumpkins, but this year my favorite happened to be the white ones! I grabbed the cutest, tiniest pumpkin I could find, meanwhile my brother grabbed a small orange one. The most interesting thing happened to me after we finished paying and were on our way to the car. One of the elder ladies chased after me because she overheard me talking to my brother about something French-related. She told me she was from Paris and we even had a small conversation in French! I never would have imagined that I would meet a French person in the small mountain town of Asheville! Beaming from ear to ear, I got in the car and we headed to downtown.
Once there, I had two places in mind to check out for dessert bites and coffee. The first one was the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, but there was a tremendous wait line just to get in. So we went ahead to our next spot: the Double D’s Coffee Bus. A coffee bus you say? Yes! It was the coolest spot I found while researching on Pinterest. It’s a double decker AND they happen to sell coffee inside! 🙂 Once again, I was beaming from ear to ear because I also love London so much! There happened to be little to no lines and is located in a little square with outside seating and upstairs seating inside the bus too. 🙂 Please go check it out because it’s the coolest place ever!!
To end our trip we quickly perused the Mast General store and and outside market because I love a small remind of every trip I get to take. And just like that our trip came to an end and we made our way back home. I hope this has persuaded you to make a visit to the beautiful mountain town of Asheville and make a drive through mountains for amazing scenic views and for water falls!
Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us.
Locations: Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia
As Summer comes to an end, I finally decided to write about this short but sweet trip I took to Tybee Island and Savannah with my love and our good friends back in June.
Day 1: We were very fortunate for our Airbnb host to allow us to check in extremely early the morning we arrived to Tybee Island . Upon arriving, we all napped for a couple hours before heading across the street to eat lunch at the famous Crab Shack which had real alligators (Bottom row middle). They had really great seafood and is worth a trip! Afterwards, we headed to the Tybee Island Lighthouse for amazing views of the island and ocean (Bottom row left). To be honest, the stairs were killer and we stopped several times on the way up! Afterwards, the guys got us Pineapple slushes before heading off to the beach for an afternoon swim (Middle row right). We ended our night with pizza and movies. 🙂
Day 2: We slept in and headed out to downtown Savannah for the day which was just a quick half an hour drive away. For lunch, we headed over to the famous Paula Deen restaurant “The Lady and Sons” and we all tried their buffet (Middle row left). My absolute favorite things were the fried chicken, lemonade, and mashed potatoes! Afterwards, we made our way to the Paris Market Cafe. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love French things! I walked out of there with an iced coffee and some French-made soap, two of my guilty pleasures (Top row middle). 🙂 The guys made us stop along the way to a bar and check who was winning that day’s World Cup game. The rest of the afternoon was spent walking through the beautiful historical streets and listening to the live music playing near the fountain courtyard. We finished off our evening with drinks and board games we found at our Airbnb home.
Day 3: This was our last day of our trip, and were up early cleaning the Airbnb home. With time to spare, me and my love headed to the beach for one last quick swim (Top row left). We got the greatest, yet scary, surprise of our lives and saw a dolphin swimming nearby! Before hitting the road, we stopped in Savannah for brunch at J Christopher’s. They had the best roasted potatoes and gravy biscuit! One thing I loved so much about Savannah were all the Spanish moss trees around us (Top row right). And just like that our trip was over and we headed off on our 4 hour drive back home (Bottom row right).
Sometimes, I think about how long a road trip is but it always goes by quicker with good friends and that special someone (Middle row center). Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us. See ya next time on island time!
Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart.
Location: Garrapata State Park, California
I went to California this month for 10 days. Honestly, my trip hasn’t even scratched the surface of all the things I want to do and see here. I know for a fact I will be venturing out here more often in the future. However, there’s a few reasons I do love this state.
One: My parents first moved here from Mexico in search of better job opportunities. My parents always spoke to me about California growing up and it had sparkled my interest in going to explore those places they went to.
Two: I was born in Santa Ana in Southern California. Although I have no family here, I made friends in my life that live there. It’s a blessing to see this city through their eyes, especially where to eat the best tacos. 🙂
Three: Who doesn’t want to visit California? There’s Venice beach, the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, celebrity sightings if you’re truly looking, etc. This state has it all!
This is my second trip out here and this time around I didn’t plan much of an itinerary because some of the best trips are the ones unplanned. At least the minor details. I did have a couple of places I wanted to visit or revisit.
I did want to eat at In n Out again, and revisited the Hollywood Walk of Fame because anything for Selena! 😉
Yet, I also ended up in Chinatown, checked out the The Last Bookstore, made a beach day trip with friends and also with my NorCal familia, and drove through Hwy 1 along the pacific coast with my cousins.
California is vibrant and scenic beyond measure. I’m growing to love this state with each trip I take and with each place I visit there. Those places have been imprinted in my venturing heart. I’m California dreamin’ always.
Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City.
Location: Uptown Charlotte, NC
Growing up outside of the Charlotte area has given me a completely different view of this great city. As a kid in elementary school, my teachers would often plan field trips to Discovery Place or see theaters plays in Uptown. I would also dream of the day I would one day get to work amongst the growing skyline that is now Uptown. Fast forward years later, and my dream came true! Now as an adult, there’s no longer the fun field trips to go to, but there’s all the amazing coffee shops and restaurants around my office corner! I admit to having tried just about every place at least once. I’ve even listed a few of my favorite places below. 😉
Charlotte, it’s also known as the Queen City. It was named after German King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte during the 1760s. Just a quick fun history fact for everyone! Also, Uptown Charlotte is just another name for downtown Charlotte. However, there are two reasons why some locals refer to it as Uptown instead of downtown. The first reason, the downtown area is on a hill and some people refer to it as “going up to town”! The second reason is it sounds fancy and attracts out-of-towners. Don’t you agree!?
It’s home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, NBA Charlotte Hornets, NHL Charlotte Checkers, and Minor League Charlotte Knights teams. It’s also home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Nascar Hall of Fame located in Uptown. There is plenty to see and do so if you’re not a local, make yourself a favor and come check out the Queen City! However if you’re a local, make a quick day trip to our amazing city. 🙂
My Favorite Spots in Uptown:
- Not Just Coffee
- 7th Street Market
- Coco and the Director
- Hazelnut Creperie
- Latta Arcade
…it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew.”
Location: Paris, France
There’s several childhood memories I cherish, however there is one in particular which took place in my Elementary school music class that I wanted to share. One day, my music teacher taught us the French version of the nursery “Are You Sleeping?”. To this day I can still sing along this very nursery and it transports me to a time where my love for French music grew. Fast forward to Senior year in high school and I’m sitting in class translating French lyrics. I didn’t quite enjoy doing so at the time, because honestly it wasn’t easy or fun. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have survived the long hours translating long, boring French texts in college without the previous experience. On a fun note, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs from very different genres! I hope you all take the time to listen to them and maybe even learn some French along the way. 🙂
Pop Folk: “Le Coeur Éléphant”and “Mes Autres” by Frero Delavega
Electronic: “Alors on Danse” and “Papaoutai” by Stromae
Rap: “Sapés Comme Jamais” and “Tu vas me manquer” by Maitre Gims
Electropop: “Complètement Fou” and “Chimie Physique” by Yelle