Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Noël à Niort

Paris isn't the only French city where I've spent the holiday season. I taught English in Niort from October 2010 to April 2011. 

Niort is obviously much smaller than Paris, but the lights were still very pretty!

I loved shopping in the marchés de Noël in France. The ones in Niort were small, but still very cute!

One night I got together with a very international group of friends who I had met via couchsurfing. It was a nice mix of French locals, teaching assistants from Canada, the US, the UK, and Germany, and other internationals who lived in Niort. We sang Christmas carols in multiple languages and played bilingual board games. It was so much fun!

That was my first year spending Christmas away from my family. At least I had a tiny Christmas tree in my apartment. 

I like the REAL tree that Beau bought me this year much better. And while I'm going to miss being away from my family for Christmas, I like the plans Beau and I are making to celebrate next week.

Are you ready for Christmas?


  1. I think the first Christmas away from home is always slightly surreal. I'm glad to hear that you have lovely plans for next week! x

  2. Ah, the expat Christmas. I had a similar experience last year. I live in China and I was really worried about not being at home. It was a little sad, but everyone was determined to be happy and cheerful and I ended up having a great time (Christmas Eve karaoke?? Yes!). I'm a little more worried this year, but I'm hoping it will turn out similarly.

  3. I've gotta be honest, they do Christmas waaaaay better overseas than they do here. Every picture I see from Europe makes me miss it so much. I bet the town you lived in was just adorable!


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