Lac d’Aiguebelette en Savoie

We went to Lac d’Aiguebelette today, about 20 minutes west of Chambéry. It was a bit windy and too chilly for me to go swimming, so we just drove around the entire lake and took pictures of the beautiful countryside.  Next time we’ll rent a pédalo and actually go in the water.  We first attempted to get there by taking the scenic route, but turned around once we realized it would be 45 minutes of tiny mountain passes. The only other way to get there is to take the autoroute so you can go through the mountain instead of over it.

If you speak French, you may be wondering what a weasel (belette) has to do with this lake. Nothing, actually. The name means beautiful little water and it comes from the Occitan aiga (water) and French belle (beautiful) with the suffix -ette, meaning small or little. It’s also quite fun to say over and over again (like egg-buh-let).

There are two other big lakes in the pays savoyard, lac d’Annecy and lac du Bourget, but I prefer this one because of its pretty green color and the fact that its not overly-crowded like Annecy and there are plenty of beaches you can go to, unlike Bourget.  I also did not see or hear one motorboat on the lake, so it’s very calm and peaceful.

The DOM-TOMS (France outside of France)

I don’t remember how we got on the subject (I was probably going on and on about Quebec again), but David mentioned a few weeks ago that he can ask to be transferred to St. Pierre et Miquelon. These tiny islands south of Newfoundland are not even an overseas département, but a collectivité territoriale. They […]

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Quoi dire, quoi faire

Mon petit canaillou est très, très poilu Parce que ça fait deux mois que je n’ai pas posté de photo de lui et parce que je n’ai rien à dire car il n’y a rien qui se passe dans ma vie. Les vacances, c’est génial, mais c’est mieux quand on a de l’argent pour voyager… […]

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Canicule is not so cool

There’s been a heat wave in southern France and the Rhone Valley for a while, but luckily it’s not as severe as the heat wave of 2003. Savoie isn’t in vigilance orange like the nearby départements of Rhône, Drôme, Ardèche or Vaucluse but it has been hotter than usual here. I can’t even remember the […]

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Why do I live in France?

It’s no secret that I am often homesick for North American culture (and especially the food.) I could move back to the US and get a teaching job or apply to do my PhD in Canada, but I choose to stay in France. David is, of course, the major reason why, but there are are […]

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Concentration, where did you go?

I’m having trouble concentrating these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m no longer in college or because I moved to France and don’t work much, but I have grown so lazy. I promised myself that I would get back to reading and studying as much as I did before when I was an […]

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Je dors plus la nuit

Why do the effects of jet lag always feel so much worse in Europe? Whenever I’m in the US, I go to bed really early and wake up around 5 AM. When I get back to France, I go to bed at 5 AM and it sucks.

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Le retour en France

I arrived back in France at 6 AM Saturday morning, a full hour ahead of schedule. I guess the pilot flew really fast? I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I did not have to pay $50 for my second checked bag, though I still don’t know why. The kiosk screen at check-in clearly […]

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Washington, D.C.

I finally saw the nation’s capital on Monday. I had been wanting to see D.C. for a very long time and since we were going to be close by (well, close enough) after the wedding, I talked my parents into stopping for the day. So for eight hours we wandered around the Mall and Arlington […]

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The Wedding

Congratulations to my big sister Jamie and my new brother-in-law Josh! They got married August 1st in Lexington. The weather was great for that one day, as it rained every day before and after. Here’s the bridal party. The adorable flower girls are Josh’s nieces. I was a bridesmaid and I also had to carry […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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