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Oh my what a day! The kids and I did school this morning and then went on a three-hour field trip that may or may not have been related to sewing and knitting and may or may not have included croissants and pain aux raisins for a snack! Well, as you may have guessed, it did, in fact, include all of this!
Our field trip was highly educational in terms of map reading, patience, and idea-producing! We love exploring the city and starting out on one road to discover we already knew about two other roads that would get us to the same place! First stop, a great kids shop that also offers classes. In fact, G is going to take a class there tomorrow afternoon (as kids here are off on Wednesdays, as I’ve previously mentioned), which should be fun!
Marked by a sandwich board and directing us down a cute little alley, we walked past a coffee shop (that we’ll have to stop at next time) and into a great store full of knitting and sewing materials! We purchased some yarn for teaching the art of dishcloths and some fabric for hand sewing hacky sacks and/or beanbags. We also bought some embroidery floss necessary for the cross-stitch projects of family and friends. And, I found yarn and needles to start the poncho! (Some of you know the pattern!) We found another knitting store along the way with different yarn and needle options…now I just have to decide which yarn I like best and what needles to use.
At yet another shop, we learned about some events going on around Annecy this weekend (High Five Festival, including Big Air — a freestyle ski contest being held on a 42m platform!) from the very helpful and friendly shop owner. The shop offers items made locally and around France and also offers kid classes. L is going to take an origami crane class on Saturday.
On Saturday mornings, we’ve been getting a baguette at a specific vendor at the market. They have a shop, so we stopped there for a snack — croissants and pain aux raisins! We sat by the canal and enjoyed the view — it never gets old!
Our final stop of the afternoon was a fabric store that carries a nice variety of fabrics and notions and also offers kid classes! While we missed out on “une robe salopette”(overalls dress), there will be one coming up to make a “snood et bandeau cache oreille” (an infinity scarf that can act like a hood and an ear warmer headband). FYI: Snood was a new word for us…both in English and French! 🙂
To round out the day, after dinner, we walked back to the old city for a “glacée” (ice cream) at our favorite place.