Friday Five : Favorite Summer activities

Hello readers and hello Friday Five ! Thanks for stopping by. I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s theme which is Favorite Summer activities. Be sure to check out the link up.



Summer is definitely here in France. We have been having fantastic weather for the past few weeks, the days are long, it is light out until 10 p.m., the fruit is excellent, then end of the school year excitement is in the air… I LOVE June !


What was hard about this post was to pick 5 favorite summer activities because I have so many, so here you have it:

1. Eating outside. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, I try to take advantage as much as possible of the nice weather. We live in an apartment so eat out on the balcony, or if we go to our country home, then eat outside goes without saying !

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2. Gardening.  Although I do not have a green thumb, I do like cutting things back, cleaning up the flower beds, mowing the lawn… I think it is the sense of accomplishment it gives.

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3. Barbecuing. When we bought our country home, the first thing we bought was an “American BBQ” as my husband says, because many of the BBQs here in France are still with charcoal and this is a gas grill. I grew up in a family where we grilled all the time, even through the winter. In France because I live in an apartment, I don’t have a BBQ. So it was seriously the.first.thing. we bought when we bought a house.

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4. Catching up with friends. People have more time in the summer because everything slows down in July and August. The school year sets the tone throughout the year, and summer is vacation time. Fewer people, slower pace, and generally more time to enjoy.

5. Being able to exercise early outside. I am an early riser and in the winter daylight comes around 9 a.m., but in the summer is is 6. So this allows me to be up and out by 8  (considered early in France ! I don’t know anyone who runs at 5:30 or 6). Fewer people are out and its a great way to start the day.




Anything exciting planned for the weekend ? what is the one thing you love most about summer ?

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  1. Coco June 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I really enjoy eating outside – at least until it gets too hot and humid! It is light here @ 5 am now!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm Reply

      We are lucky, NO humidity in France !

  2. Haley June 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

    I don’t have a green thumb either, but this year I’m really trying to keep a few plants alive in our backyard. We just started a garden with tomatoes and herbs. I’d love to have a full fledge vegetable garden by the end of summer, but I’m not promising anything. lol
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm Reply

      What I find frustrating with gardening is that ever year is different and with the weather/soil, etc there are too many variables to manage

  3. I love eating outside too when it is not ridiculously hot. Grilling veggies are my favorite. Have a great weekend
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm Reply

      We are lucky, low heat and no bugs in France

  4. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC June 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm Reply

    That is so funny that no one runs at 6am in France – here in the summer, it’s the only option for long runs! Have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm Reply

      In France people are not very “morning people”. Even if its hot during the day. Great weekend to you too !

  5. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading June 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Eating outside is definitely one of my favorites, too, Karen, and I also love that it is lighter earlier in the morning; I’ve seen some beautiful sunrises lately! Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply

      I could live with these long days seriously all year long. Have a great weekend too !

  6. John @ run. geek. run(disney) June 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm Reply

    I love being outside in summer. Grilling, enjoying nature, running, all great things. I’m not the most natural early waker, but I do love getting out and running in the early morning, that is, once I can get myself out of bed, haha
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply

      If I found someone to run with I might run early, but no one here does that. At least not whom I have met yet !

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 13, 2015 at 3:24 am Reply

    I love that you have a grill! One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh food and grilling out!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration June 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

      If only we could have one in our apartment !

  8. Jennifer June 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm Reply

    I enjoy eating outside (when the temperature is not to hot or humid) or heading to the pool.
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  9. Mar @ Mar on the Run June 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm Reply

    mmm, love bbq’ing outside!!
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  10. Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry June 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm Reply

    We enjoy entertaining here at home and grilling and eating the freshest of meals. I love having coffee and breakfast out on the deck or the back patio before it gets too hot out. I agree about the early morning running. So nice to just head out while my kids are sleeping in and I can actually get a run done before 8 a.m.
    Happy summer 🙂
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  11. Debbie @ Deb Runs June 17, 2015 at 3:56 am Reply

    I love grilling outside and all things gardening, and luckily I do have a green thumb!
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  12. tammi McGonagle June 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm Reply

    You can definitely tell we are related. I too am a morning person and need to work out in the morning! If I don’t it will never happen. Also, we love grilling and having a drink of wine (or beer) while enjoying the warm evenings in Maine! I also wanted to comment from one of your earlier posts that I too love Brooks running shoes and Athleta work out clothes…I have to confess that I have an addiction with those clothes! Looking forward to seeing the girls in a few weeks!

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 22, 2015 at 6:38 am Reply

      Hoping you have a great summer in Maine this year… would love to come. Say hi to your men for me !

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