December 2022 – London Days & A French Christmas

Bonjour lecteurs! Have you reflected on 2022 and made some special plans for this year? Describe in 5 words what you want 2023 to be like. As I already shared on my Instagram, mine are ADVENTURES, MINDFULNESS, BALANCE, STRENGTH & HOME. A good mix? I put it out there so that I can remember it and fully focus on it in the coming months. But for now, time to share with you my ritual Monthly Highlights. December 2022 was a busy one with lots of festivities and fun London days out. But also a French Christmas! 馃巹

A Dazzling Start

Oh, the joys of Christmas! It feels a bit weird to type this word now but December 2022 kicked off so well!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Royal Opera House

Indeed, we went to London for the weekend with a visit to the Royal Opera House. The iconic place regularly hosts its Family Sundays where you can see the premises as well as learn about the world of the opera.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Royal Opera House

So we were off to some moments magiques for all the family.

We also stopped by Harrods to check out the toy selection. I might have popped in to see the new Maje and Sandro‘s collections 馃槆

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Royal Opera House, Harrods

Oh and then, dir茅ction le Milestone Hotel in the so fameux royal neighborhood for its festive Afternoon Tea.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Red Carnations Hotels

It was absolutely d茅licieux and oh tr猫s chic!

More Parties

I might not have been able to enjoy a Christmas Party with the Step Up Club because of the train strikes.

But I still had beaucoup de fun with Xmas parties the following week, I was back in London on my own for a colourful event with Love Leggings.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Love Leggings

I met some lovely fellow Instagrammer around a cocktail or two.

I even stopped by High Street Kensington, walking around the shops. This area is full of memories as it is where I stayed for a London weekend with my mum back in 2007.

The year just before I moved into the UK. It might have been a trip that inspired me to move here…

Lightopia London

I felt even more nostalgic the following weekend as we stopped by Crystal Palace to see Lightopia in Crystal Palace Park.

This is actually where I met Grumpy Boyfriend ages ago! And where we lived together at the start, 13 years ago.

Magic memories! We went there to see some family and spend Christmas day with them.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Lightopia

If you want to book a nice Xmas evening fun, I really recommend Lightopia. It was so beautiful and really well made with the lights and music!

I used to go jogging around there back in the day! Haha!

Citadines Apart’hotel Islington

And back to London in the Angel area to stay at the beautiful Citadines Apart’hotel Islington.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Citadines Europe, Apart'Hotel, Angel, Islington

Wow! You basically rent a flat or a studio to stay in with all the facilities you need.

It’s like renting your own flat for a night or two. Or longer if you want.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Citadines Europe, Apart'Hotel, Angel, Islington

We absolutely LOVED it from start to finish. Our studio was absolutely stunning and with so much space.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Citadines Europe, Apart'Hotel, Angel, Islington

In the evening, Grumpy Boyfriend went clubbing while I had a night in with Stanley. Think champagne and Netflix all night.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Milestone Hotel, Citadines Europe, Apart'Hotel, Angel, Islington

I felt so rested and happy. And we also stopped by for a bit of shopping around Islington. I LOVE London. I will always be a bit of a Londoner deep down…

And yes, I might have been dreaming of one of those terraced houses like in the movies.

More Nostalgie & School Nativity

The following week was all about catching up with our British family as we were headed to France for Xmas.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel

With more pub lunch, an exciting World Cup Finale, and more wine! Gosh, I can’t believe France nearly did it! Never mind, we will win the next World Cup!

And now, it was time for me to have a party too with my girlfriend. I enjoyed my experience on the Christmas Steam Express.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Steam Dreams

We departed from London Victoria to go all the way to Surrey while enjoying some yummy food.

Another place full of memories as I used to commute all the time to Victoria!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Steam Dreams

To carry on with Stanley’s Nativity. I was so contente we could make it this year!

A French Christmas

But after all those fun memories, it was time to drive to France on a very rainy day!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Soissons, French Xmas

We made it to Soissons in Haut-de-France where I am from. We booked a short stay at L’H么tel des Francs.

It was so convenient and le top d茅tail! There was a pool! So I was literally swimming on Christmas Day!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Soissons, French Xmas

Ok, it was not Barbados or some other exotic destination… But I completely switched off and it was nice.

Did you miss me on Instagram during those 10 days? I bet not!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Soissons, French Xmas, Best Western, H么tel des Francs

You were probably spending some quality time with your loved ones! And so did I! I had such a laugh with my brother, mum, and niece.

We played games, drank way too much champagne, and ate LOTS of food. Life was pretty good!

Relaxing & Reflecting

I was planning to take the boys to Lille, where I studied at l’universit茅, for a few days. But we had to change our plans and came back home earlier.

Not to worry, we relaxed more at home and caught up with more family. I was quite happy to chill.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Noel, Soissons, French Xmas, Best Western, H么tel des Francs

What did you do for New Year’s Eve? I was at work and the boys were away to see Grumpy Boyfriend’s sister. But I bought a beautiful new dress in the sale. So I am happy 馃檪

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Milestone Hotel

I can wait to show it to you! Let’s hope for a sunny day for a shoot somewhere in Kent.

December 2022 – London Days & A French Christmas

December 2022 was an absolute blast! Not much in Kent. But it feels more like we still have a London life after all!

I really enjoyed being back in all those special places from my past. And typing those lines, I feel so nostalgic about my early days in the UK.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Citadines Europe

But more importantly, it makes me realise how far we have come together with Grumpy. We watched a few old videos of ourselves over the 31st and our life has changed so much over the last 10 years or so. All for the best!

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Citadines Europe

En plus, it really inspires me to push myself more for 2023! Clich茅? I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions.

December 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London Life, Xmas 2022, Harrods

Instead, I like setting up very specific targets and building good atomic habits that help me progress. It’s all about the small steps because no success is built overnight!

So I am extremely excited about 2023 and I can’t wait to see what it will have for us!

Bonne Ann茅e 2023!聽

Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! This a post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country and in London. I hope it will inspire you to get on more family adventures.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Siobhan N
    January 8, 2023 / 9:48 am

    Happy New Year! I haven’t been down to London for several years, but will visit soon!

  2. James Rowlands
    January 8, 2023 / 10:05 am

    Looks amazing

  3. Priscilla Stubbs
    January 8, 2023 / 10:22 am

    Another great and varied month for you and Stanley is a little star. I hope he continues to enjoy being in our photos

  4. MARIA ROGERS
    January 8, 2023 / 10:43 am

    Happy New Year to you , Stanley and Mr Grumpy Boyfriend!

  5. Ashleigh
    January 8, 2023 / 10:58 am

    Sounds great

  6. Amanda Botterill
    January 8, 2023 / 4:57 pm

    Wow it all looks amazing!

  7. Leanne Baker
    January 8, 2023 / 6:54 pm

    Cool Blog Very Interesting

  8. lynn neal
    January 8, 2023 / 7:28 pm

    You seem to find all the best places when you go out!

  9. A.E. ADKINS
    January 8, 2023 / 10:22 pm

    Sounds as though you had an amazing yet restful festive period. Happy New Year!

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