I’ve been a little quiet on here, and that’s because last week, we made an unplanned trip to J’s home town in France-Comté. We went for a family member’s funeral, but I don’t feel that it’s my place to talk about that here.
While the trip was made on a sad note, it wasn’t without happiness. While the family was saying goodbye to one member, they were welcoming another. J’s sister gave birth to her second son on Sunday November 16.
So while we were there, we were able to meet our new nephew who was only a few days old at the time. He’s such a cutie, and I like to think that he likes the sound of English. It’s also so strange to think that I have nephews now. I didn’t really think I’d ever be an aunt, and now, I am!
We also used our time there to catch up with some family (and eat far too much – hello, raclette!).
The day before we left, Montbeliard’s Christmas market started, so we decided to stroll around it some. I adore Christmas markets so much, and sadly, Lille’s isn’t too nice, so I jump at the chance to visit others. Plus, we’ve visited Montbeliard’s that last two years, and I just love it.
I was too busy drinking mulled wine and snacking on a tartine covered in melted Morbier cheese to snap any pictures (except of my tartine of course). But you can see some pictures taken by the local newspaper here.
And no trip to Franche-Comté is complete without stocking up on delicious local cheeses. We didn’t waste any time in using the Mont d’Or cheese we bought for a Mont d’Or chaud dinner. (Easy) Recipe following in the next few days.
Our trip down there takes us through Luxembourg, and one of the rest stops is an expat heaven – Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King – two of which don’t exist anywhere near me (though Burger King is making a slow return in France).
I couldn’t help myself and had to buy some onion rings. It had been years since I’ve eaten them.
What sort of fastfood do you miss from another country?