In case you haven't noticed my obnoxious excitement all over Facebook, Twitter and beyond, I'm officially working as a nanny in France. Thanks for reading and I'm glad to have you along for the journey!

This week took me to Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a rain and apple-filled region on the French-Belgian border.

Speaking of apples, the family I work for owns an apple farm there, which is where we stayed for two nights.¬†When I asked the grandfather how long the farm had been in the family, he said, “Well, we have a map from 1820 that has our name on the property, so at least that long.”

As an American that's a hard concept for me to grasp – their farm might be older than my entire country! The farm was wholesome and very French, and the family couldn't have been kinder to me.

I couldn't decide which photo I liked best, so please help me by voting!


Photo A


This was a pretty hill-town I saw near the coast called Escalles. It's located directly across the water from England, which you can see on a clear day.

Photo B


This is the same photo of Escalles but with an HDR effect I played around with in Picasa. Which do you prefer? I notice a lot of travel bloggers using HDR so I've gotten curious about it!


Photo C

French Lunch

A shot of the family enjoying some wine and cake after a long birthday lunch. The family hadn't gotten together in months so everyone was laughing and talking loudly and just enjoying each other's company. It reminded me of why I love France: delicious food, a relaxed pace, the importance of family.

Photo D


A little barn kitten I spotted. I was at a farm so there were lots of kittens and cats running around!

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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