Nadine • Le Long Weekend (@lelongweekend) — Travel Writer. Lover of unique travel experiences with a touch of luxury. Kiwi living in Provence, France.
Peeking through what was once the window of a grand château. We just found out - literally 2 minutes ago - that this village will indeed be home for us next year! Our mortgage has been accepted after a tense wait. It's been an entire year of stress, worry, sleepless nights and a feeling of helplessness almost to get to this point. So it's going to take a day or two to sink in that we'll soon be in our own dream house in Provence 💜
Meet Harvey & Chloe. I'm so grateful we were able to give these two a second chance after their original owners gave them up. We brought them over to France 2.5 years ago from New Zealand and they make our lives brighter every day. They’re also part of the reason we spend so much of our time exploring off-the-beaten-path tracks and trails around Provence. This picture was taken on the way up to the Rognes ruins the other weekend. *I was watching Netflix's new series 'Dogs' the other night and became aware of the incredible @territorio_de_zaguates no kill dog shelter in Costa Rica. These guys are doing amazing things for the street dogs of Costa Rica, and work tirelessly to fight what must feel like a uphill battle every day. So I jumped on their website and donated to help them feed the 1300(!!) dogs in their care at the moment. I encourage any dog lovers out there to do the same (if you’re able to). Every little gesture counts 🐾
It's little surprise living somewhere this beautiful inspires creativity. This week on the blog I'm highlighting some of the boutique Provence products/brands/artisans I’ve come to know & love since I’ve lived here. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the Francophile in your life (or yourself!), consider supporting these local Provence producers. Link in bio 💜
The majestic view from Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park. I've finally found a minute to start writing about our adventures in the US - starting with a memorable trip to the JT National Park. Such an amazing place that absolutely blew our expectations out of the water. You can find my guide to visiting JT with kids by clicking on the link in my bio.
Sunny days in one of our favourite spots in NZ - can you guess where? If you've been following for a while you'll know I've been pondering questions of home lately. I was afraid our most recent trip home would have me tempted to return. In fact, it had the opposite effect. Not because of anything specific. It just didn't feel like where I belong anymore. And with that starts our new chapter in France. We've just this week found our new home and I can't wait to get settled in Provence properly 💜
Can you spot the planes? We've just arrived back in France after 6.5 weeks travelling and I'm so ready to stay put and unpack my bags for a little while. But.... that little while will have to wait as we've got a few more trips lined up before the end of the year. Mostly local and low key, but with a quick dash to London for the World Travel Market next month. And me being me, I'm already planning where next year will take us 😉 Tell me, where are your next travels taking you to?
Sunset. Santa Monica style. Our recent trip to the USA was the first time I’d spent any time in the country (outside of the airport lounge anyhow). But I now know with absolute certainty it won’t be my last. With only 2 weeks we barely caught a glimpse. Next time I’d love to explore more of the National Parks in California - for starters... —— #visitcalifornia#visit_losangeles#visittheusa#topcaliforniaphoto#seesantamonica#california4fun#california_igers#lonelyplanet#mylpguide#tlpicks#theconstantlycurious#nikonnofilter#travelmore#exploremore#cntraveler#theculturetrip#beautifuldestinations#mytinyatlas#lpfanphoto#theprettycities
We celebrated my husband’s birthday on the weekend by visiting one of our favourite spots in New Zealand - Akaroa. It was a sunny and still day, perfect for kayaking around the harbour and finding hidden coves and beaches, before settling into a waterside cafe for a well earned 🍷
When we visited Atlantic Beach a few weeks ago it was a calm Monday evening. Kids were enjoying the warm water, birds were fishing in the shallows, and families were walking hand in hand down the never ending stretch of shoreline. It’s hard to imagine this same beach ravaged by a hurricane a short time later. My thoughts are with the people of this NC community 💕
This summer has been a roller coaster of emotions. We’ve had a few surprises along the way and had to change our plans as we go. As a consequence, instead of being back in Provence for rentrée, we’re in the US for an unexpected holiday! If you’re curious about where my mind has been and why I’ve been quieter than usual on the blog/social media - I’ve written a life update in my latest blog post (link in bio).
The best thing about traveling with kids is getting to experience the world with fresh eyes. Of course I’ve visited the Eiffel Tower many times before. But this time was special. It was our son’s first time seeing ‘the tower of France’ (as he calls it), and his excitement was palpable 💕
Have you ever been somewhere that really surprised you? Mallorca is much more than beautiful beaches (although there are plenty of those too!). I haven’t written much about our little break to the Balearic Island yet, but there are plenty more pictures on the blog - link in bio☝🏼