Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

The French word of the day: trottinette


Sunny Sunday in the French capital: a perfect day for a lazy brunch and for wandering in parks.

Un jour pour faire de la trottinette ! Repeat after me: tro-tee-net!

The little scooter is the must have of the Bobo kids, but lots of hipster Dads have theirs too. I tried it, and I really enjoyed the ride. I had really missed the Parisian proper sidewalks, those quiet parks (Ranelagh was the pick of the day) and the mere sensation of spending a full day without hearing a single car honk …

Vive les vacances!


18 comments on “The French word of the day: trottinette

  1. that traveling nurse
    March 8, 2015

    glad you’re enjoying your vacation! I’m sure you don’t miss the honks, the roosters and the early morning karaoke sessions. 🙂 and thanks for the mini french lessons.

    • estelea
      March 8, 2015

      Most welcome 😉 Nah, really don’t miss it at all. Feels good to give my ears a rest 😉 X

  2. luciledegodoy
    March 8, 2015

    I’m totally in love with your son! What a handsome and charming little man!
    Are they feeling too much the weather change? They are having much fun though. And mommy too! That’s important.
    Keep the fun at high levels!
    A tres bientôt!

    • estelea
      March 8, 2015

      Oh I hear you, this little man is a charmer 😉 and so sweet!

      We have been incredibly lucky with the weather! Today was 20 degrees, beautiful blue sky, super sunny.. Couldn’t dream of a warmer welcome.

      WHen I asked Ms Attila what she liked about her week end, she said “I love when it is so clean and so quiet”. Must be her Swiss genes talking 😛
      She added “I also love people’s hair” (!). “Because they come in so many colors, it’s really nice, and so many have curly hairs too”.
      Love how she relates to her surroundings, she teaches me how to press on pause and pay attention…

      Will do our best to keep fun to the max 😀 Plein plein de bises

      • luciledegodoy
        March 8, 2015

        If you want to drop them here until they are adults, I won’t mind to babysit them! ❤️
        Here today we had 12 degrees and I was celebrating but now that I hear it was 20 in Paris, you make me jealous. It’s a real warm welcome. You deserve it too.
        Ms. Atilla is a smart and perceptive kid. I can imagine how rewarding is to have kids like that and to learn so much from them!! You’re blessed.
        I think this DNA mixture of Swiss with French abd being raised in Asia, is proving to be a fantastic formula!
        Keep enjoying there my friend.
        Plein plein de bises

  3. LifestyleswithLia
    March 8, 2015

    He’s too cute in his sunglasses on his trottinette! It’s sounds like your vacation is going amazingly! Bon vacance!!!

    • estelea
      March 10, 2015

      Merci beaucoup 🙂 Seeing Paris like a tourist is a beautiful experience. I had missed home more than I knew… And the kids already got the Parisian accent, so funny . So see you either here or in Cebu, right? 😉

      • LifestyleswithLia
        March 10, 2015

        Too cute about your kids’ already having a Parisian accent ! I’m so happy you’re enjoying your trip …
        And for me, either Paris or Cebu sounds great!!!

      • estelea
        March 10, 2015

        Really funny to see how they can catch up easily with the accents and the attitudes.. But they have those moments where you can really tell they are not real Parisians. Like the first time my daughter saw a woman with long blond hair, she was so amazed. She asked me if she was Raspunzel 😛 Still need to fine tune…

      • LifestyleswithLia
        March 11, 2015

        So interesting! It’s amazing what kids notice!

  4. graydaysandcoffee
    March 8, 2015


  5. jewey
    March 9, 2015

    i tried riding on a scooter too. and yeah, it was actually fun. i didn’t expect to enjoy it. but i just did it around the house so i felt pretty safe. i don’t know if i’d still have that look of enjoyment on my face once i try riding it outside on the footpath. lol.

    • estelea
      March 10, 2015

      I am sure you would ! to some extend 😉

  6. trablogger
    March 22, 2015

    That is some style!

    • estelea
      March 22, 2015

      Indeed 🙂 Loved riding it too actually, funny to see all those grown ups on scooters here, trendy and very practical, no pb for parking 😉

      • trablogger
        March 23, 2015

        haha.. I didn’t know that its also called scooter.
        No pollution, more practical, park anywhere. its cool!

      • estelea
        March 24, 2015

        Super cool! I guess you could use it in South India, at least in Pondicherry. Forget about Delhi for sure 😛

      • trablogger
        March 25, 2015

        haha.. who will repair the frequent broken tyres and all due to the awesome roads 😉

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