Saturday Snapshot 5

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!

Which photo do you like best?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

16 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot 5”

    • Ashley,Lou and I loved all the photos , including the cat. I vote for the family having lunch.
      Lou loved the shots of Calais. They really don’t look real, do they? What a privilege to be experiencing what you doing and seeing—and sharing with us. You know we will like anything you send–recipes would be fun! Love, Gamma

    • My favorite is the family having lunch too :). I have been learning a lot of recipes so I do think I will post them soon! How do scallops with creme fraiche, armagnac and mushrooms sound?

  1. Like B and your travelouge style ie travel cum staying with local family to learn how they live. Thanks for sharing
    Best wish

    • That’s my favorite too… I always feel kind of awkward when I take candids but it’s usually worth the effort!

  2. I really like A and D! The colors in A are fantastic and the kitten is SO cute! (Plus it’s a really good photo of a kitten which is like, impossible because they move so fast. And the colors work really well in this one as well, with the cat’s fur and the background!)

    • Yes, the kitten was a little skittish and hard to get a picture of but very adorable. I didn’t notice before that the kitten’s fur and the ground were the same colors, good eye!

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I need to work a lot on my photo editing (as well as photography) skills. I love HDR photography though!

  3. I was a nanny in France! It was a great year, filled with all kinds of drama, fun, food, and best of all…travel! I hope you have a great time and I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures. I like the original picture better.

    • It’s great to hear from another au pair! So far my experience has been pretty low-key so let’s hope some drama and travel happen soon, haha.

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