Primitive incomplete lists

A couple of days ago, Rebecca from Rebecca Goes Rendezvous posted a couple of lists of things which helped her getting through this current pandemic. It was full of inspiration so I thought I could give it a try.

4 Things That Have Been Getting Me Through Quarantine:

1. Sunny weather — We’ve been blessed with a fantastic early spring weather when France went into lockdown in March. April wasn’t as kind but by then, we were all beating our brains out trying to figure our lives out, so good weather didn’t seem so important after all.

2. The Internet/4G — Already feeling lonely as a cloud since we moved up here, quarantine was way out of my comfort zone! So I’m very grateful our internet connection has remained rather reliable. What would have I become without blogging, social medias Messengers or Netflix?

3. Wine & Bubbly — I mean… come on!

4. Yoga practice at 5pm — My daughter and I decided to attend a virtual yoga class every week day at 5pm. I highly recommend the sweet easy going personality of Yoga with Adriene whose 30-day challenges are perfect for beginners.

1 Blog That is Worth Checking Out:

1. Alexandra’s Blog — There, is a land of order, beauty, luxury, calm and sensuousness. Alex’s photos and short stories make me think of the French poet Baudelaire who wrote a supremely classic piece, studied by many French students in high school which goes like this:

“How sweet, my own,
Could we live alone
Over beyond the sea!
To love and to die
In the land that’s akin to thee!
Where the suns which rise
In the watery skies
Weave soft spells over my sight,
As thy false eyes do
When they flicker through
Their tears with a dim, strange light.

There all is beauty and symmetry,
Pleasure and calm and luxury.”


The Invitation to the Voyage, by Charles Baudelaire(trans. Jack Collings Squire, 1909)

If you’re not tempted to go and have a look after that…!

(From Alexandra’s blog)

3 Foods That I Love:

1. Hubby’s Pad Tai — Citrusy, full of crunchy peanuts, and flavoured with our garden’s mint. Perfect!

(From my favourite food blog :

2. Pasta — I love every kind of pasta, with every sort of ingredient combinations. But to me, nothing says comfort food like a huge plate of salted butter pasta. Full stop!

3. Breakfast — As I’ve said we’ve been so lucky with the weather. Which means we’ve been able to have breakfast outside very early this year. And an outdoor breakfast is far better than anything else! By the way, I’ve started a secondary blog to share my love for this particular meal. If you’re interested, it’s here.

3 Places I’m Dreaming of Going When It’s Safe to Travel Again:

1. Paris — which I’m obsessing about sometimes!

2. Sanremo, Italy — I wrote this post two years ago. There are probably many photos spread on this blog about this wonderful Italian city. This is one of my happy places.

3. Japan — I can’t wait to go back. I want to spend days, walking and getting lost in the narrow streets. Buying my morning coffee in a kombini shop. Greeting respectfully people with a bow. Eating fresh raw fish everyday.

4 Things I Need/Want to Come Back to Normal:

1. Traveling again. —

2. Working again —

3. Social closeness — I’m French. I do la bise to say hello. I have been mwah mwah amputated !

4. Freedom — it has been traumatizing to be forbidden to leave our homes without a permit during the lockdown. Citizens were not permitted to step outside their front door without completing the Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire form. We had to state our justification for being outdoors. You needed a reason. And you had to justify yourself. How could we have imagines that one day, we’d need a signed paper to go out and buy a baguette from the boulangerie…

1 Field which should benefit from the crisis:

1. Improved education system — I agree completely with Rebecca on that one. I too am jaded over how ineffective the French education system is. France is producing young adults who have never really learned to think for themselves and be independent or curious. Kids are taught to follow rules strictly. Don’t be creative. Don’t be different. Don’t Argue. Don’t do it your way. Leave the parents outside the school. There are no alternatives offered. Unless you have plenty of money to spend on your child’s education…

I also agree with the necessity of learning material that are applicable in real life, e.g. finances, home economics, understanding contracts…

And manual skills ought to be back. It has completely disappeared from our schools. As if we didn’t need to use our hands anymore. Just live it to the machines. Or the undereducated ones?!

And teachers in French have looooong holidays. Maybe some of this free time should be invested in training them with modern technologies. So that next time there is a pandemic, teaching from home doesn’t make much difference from teaching in a classroom. It could even be better!

30 thoughts on “Primitive incomplete lists

  1. Amusing title (I definitely see it’s an incomplete list)! All the same, I enjoyed reading your points. Your husband’s pad thai sounds delicious; I might have to ask for the recipe to recreate it! I’ve never heard of Sanremo before, but a quick Internet search yields some stunning photos; it’s also not very far from Menton, which would make for an easy trip over the French-Italian border. I taught in France, so I saw many of the issues you mentioned about education– I will say, though, the US’s isn’t any better, as we’re not well-ranked in math and science worldwide. Reformation must happen, and only time will tell if it’ll actually materialize. Thanks for the shout-out, and soyez vigilante!

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      1. Haha, d’accord! Je n’ai jamais dit que t’es vieille, mais bon… 😉 Reformation is a slow process that’ll take years, even decades, to change. Our hope is that it’ll happen sooner than later! Bon weekend. 🙂

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    1. There are so many things to learn from the countries where education is efficient. I just don’t understand why so many countries keep on doing it their way, when quite obviously, there is room for massive improvement!

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

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    1. Like the Jackson Five used to say…

      “Uh ohh
      Let me tell you now
      Uh huh
      When I had you to myself
      I didn’t want you around
      Oh, baby, give me one more chance
      (To show you that I love you)…”


  2. Aww, you are so sweet, Vero♥️ now this is why I love the Internet, it’s easier to connect to birds of a feather 😀 thank you so much for your lovely words, literally made my day… and for being the sunshine that you are, inspiring is all 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. Yes I agree with you about the internet. It can be a love carrier. And so it should be!
      Have a fabulous weekend. And take plenty of poetic photos for us.

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      1. Damn, I’ve made a silly typo in my previous comment: It should have read “inspiring US all”… 🙂 thank you once again for your positive energy and sunny charm, Vero… it means a lot, you know that!! Liked it? I am both humbled and completely over the moon… and so grateful 😀

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    1. Teachers (many, not all) have struggled doing things differently. Adaptation is not their forte – hence the demos and strikes we get regularly every time the government tries to change something.
      My daughter hasn’t had any video class (well I’m being unfair, no she had 1 in 2 months) or any personal email from any of her teacher inquiring after her needs or potential struggle.
      When we asked for a bit more work in English because they had very little work to do, we’ve been told teachers were asked to go easy on the kids.
      They’ve got far less work to do since they’ve been out of school. And nobody seems to care.
      Now primary schools start to reopen. Only primary schools. Part time. And the reason isn’t education. The reason is to allow the parents go back to work.
      So I guess this is what schools mean in France. It’s basically a daycare which has been adapted for every ages…


      1. Sad to hear that the quality of education is not high in France. Online content is not too difficult to deliver. Just video and send, then follow up with questions, so you and your daughter must be feeling quite rightly, frustrated.
        I sometimes see that too much pressure is placed on teachers in some places to raise children whilst parents work, but one video in 2 months is beyond the pale.

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      2. If only teachers were bloggers too!!!!
        I’m being unfair because some teachers put good content on YouTube. But none of my daughter’s. Which is quite funny because they’re always asking the kids to be more outgoing, more active in class. Talk more. They push the introvert kids way outside their confort zone. But when it comes to them…

        Generally, it’s rather poor.

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    1. Pasta with just a piece of melting butter has always been my favourite.
      I live in Brittany now (West part of France) where they are very serious about butter. Here, there’s a rule : eat butter with every meal. But not any butter. The salted one. Preferably with sea salt.
      When the lockdown started, all you could find in shops was the not salted one. That’s the butter for people with a diet, or for tourists!!

      Anyway, I highly recommend it. You should try. Where are you from?

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      1. Oh yes, I know salted butter from holidays to France.

        It’s not as common the Netherlands (where I am from) but I love it on a fresh slice of bread with chocolate sprinkles (which is a very Dutch bread topping).

        But to put it in pasta had never occurred to me. Just pasta and butter? Or do you put some herbs in there as well?

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  3. Back in UK within a week my friend was teaching via email and zoom. Another friends children had already had their homework plan. I can’t answer for France but if like Romania it’s inflexible, snobby and leaves underachievers out in the cold. I love your lists. Might try myself.

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    1. Aaaah try mentioning zoom to the teachers over here!!!
      Actually, when I asked for more work -my daughter is in year 10/last year at collège in France – I’ve been answered they didn’t want to leave anyone behind and needed to slow down. They’ve slowed down so much, we might be caught up by primary school sections soon!!! She’s got about 2 hours of daily work to dot. And nothing is done to benefit from the situation where the kids have access to the internet to enrich their work…. Arrrrgh anyway…
      Looking forward to reading your list. Hopefully I’ll be able to leave a comment 😉


  4. Lovely post, I think I will “steal” the idea 🙂

    In Finland I think distance-learning went well. Teachers adapted to it quickly and had the tools to do it. Even older teachers you would think are not that tech savvy managed well. It did cause all teachers a lot of stress and overly long days though, so no way was it easy, many were under a great duress. In my opionon, the main problem were probably those children who live in dysfunctional families who fell behind because they got no support at home. Or the children who had to cope with alcoholic or abusive parents and did not even have the school as a safe haven or could not be identified because they were behind a computer screen. 😦

    I absolutely and totally recommend Yoga with Adriene,!!! That woman has saved my sanity during this time, I love her to bits and lift my imaginary hat. ❤

    Take care!

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