Starting the new year, the French way

As soon as Noël is over, the time for étrennes is around the corner. Since the 18th century, when you give your postman his étrennes, he gives you a calendar which you hang in your kitchen until next year...(Unless the postman had one too many apertif on his way to your place.)

Vive les vacances!

We found a gîte that looked nice, it had 2 bedrooms with facilities for little children and was located in a farm only a short drive from the beach, what more can you ask for? We had booked to arrive in the last week of June to avoid les bouchons (french for traffic jam, also means 'cork').