Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Synthol: Miracle French pharmacy product for bug bites

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Do mosquitoes feast on you when the weather gets warm? If so, we’re in the same boat.

Over the past couple of months or so, I’ve gotten some of the worst mosquito bites of my life. They swell up, get painful and red, the skin around them gets hard, and then they form a liquid blister that eventually breaks and crusts (the pics below aren’t even the worst ones). Oh, and they itch like mad. This never used to happen, though.

After a visit to the doctor last month and a 10-day course of antibiotics, I was left kind of hopeless as we head into the summer season. I already have a bug net for my bed, but what else could I do? Use Synthol, that’s what. This new-to-me product available at the French pharmacy is a miracle product for bug bites, so if you’re susceptible to all the creepy-crawlies, you’ll want to read on. Maybe it can help you.

Synthol french miracle product for mosquitoes


It’s summer and my backyard is blooming

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

It’s like a ghost town around here and as we head into August, my town will empty out even more. We don’t pass as many dogs on the street during the day and attendance was most certainly down at my classes at the gym. The French love taking off for 2 or 3 weeks over the summer and that’s awesome. But one place where there’s a lot going on? My backyard. Or jardin, if you want to be French.


Invasion of the crazy-looking insects

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France


It’s definitely summer here with temperatures hovering around 80 F, blue skies, perfectly ripe cherries at the market and bugs. Yeah, bugs. But not any old bugs, which I’ve gotten used to. Nope, these GIANT insects that are scary as hell and seemingly come out of nowhere. You see, there are no screens on windows in France so whatever is outside has free reign to walk, er fly, right on in. And twice this week already, one of these kritters has made its way inside…

Get ready to scream!

Weekend recap: At the beach in La Vendée

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France, travel


After a winter and spring full of what seemed like nonstop rain and clouds, summer is just about here so we took full advantage. Tom, Dagny and I packed a bag, hopped in the car and headed west to the Vendée region of France that boasts the beautiful Atlantic coast. Here are some weekend pics for ya…


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