l’été is here

I think summer has officially arrived in Lille. I finally don’t need a jacket to go out in the middle of the afternoon, and the sun is shining bright. And as this is Northern France, that’s saying something.

I’ve been wanting to host a barbecue for awhile now and also really wanted to do something for the 4th of July. As we are now going to be in Budapest for the actual holiday, we decided to celebrate a little early with some friends. We were lucky to have beautiful weather so we could all sit outside in the yard and eat a very traditional American feast of hotdogs and hamburgers along with all the sides!

bbq almost bilingue

I hope this was just the first of many summer barbecues.

Yesterday, a few of us (including Dana) took advantage of the lovely weather and went to the beach in Oye Plage (on the English Channel).

While we were definitely not brave enough to go swimming in the cold water and the wind made it chilly at times, it was still a lovely day on an almost vacated beach. The water was beautiful, and we had a good day just picnicking and chatting.

oye plage almost bilingue

oye plage almost bilingue

It was also Elliot’s first trip to a beach. He seemed to enjoy the sand especially playing with his ball in it. Though I don’t think he realized that unlike snow, he shouldn’t be eating sand!

elliot beach almost bilingue

We hope to go back when it’s even warmer out, but there will probably be a lot more people there!

Tomorrow, we are off to Franche-Comté and then on Wednesday, Budapest!

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4 thoughts on “l’été is here

    • I hate burgers from fast food places! And they’re just so much better on the grill! Plus, we totally combine our cultures by serving them with good barbecue sauce and vieux comte!

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