June 11, 2012

What I Do

Château de Canisy

Since starting my job at the Château de Canisy I've had a lot of people asking me what it is that I do exactly.

What a good question!
Do you want the short version or the long version?

Oh heck, I'll give you both.



Salon de Musique

Canisy's Dining Room

Short version - I am the assistant to the director of the Château.

Long version - I am a receptionist. I am in charge of clientele. I help with guest relations and reservations. I am a concierge. I give tours. I translate documents and menus. I help set up, serve and clean up after big dinners and events. I teach English to my co-workers. I help update the Château's blog. I serve drinks during the apéritif hour. I try to answer our guest's many, many questions.

So there you have it. What I do at the Château.

Luckily the chef hasn't asked me to help him cook dinner. Yet.

Salon

Château de Canisy

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Château Tower - 1000 Years Old

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33 comments:

American Mom in Bordeaux said...

Wow, sounds like a really fun job...one question though, do you get to go home?...Beautiful photos!

spacedlaw said...

Not bad!

The Beaver said...

Well LouLou

You are a "jack of all trades" - like they say in French: une touche à tout LOL!

So you must get home late some days or do you stay at the Chateau when they have late night events ?

Kasia Dietz said...

Well, you might as well live there, I'm sure they have an extra room ;)

Sounds like a great job that keeps you busy and entertained!

Would love to visit the chateau one day...

Michel said...

Thanks for sharing what you do. Sounds like you keeps things moving at the Chateau.

GF PATISSERIE said...

Chateau envy attack. Major.
Can't wait to read some fun stories.

French Girl in Seattle said...

That is the type of job I would truly enjoy because it is never boring, and you get to interact with a variety of people. Oh, and let's not forget the environment! :-) Not an easy feat to find it, I am certain, with the current unemployment rate in France, especially outside of Paris. Good for you. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Lost In Cheeseland said...

I was wondering when you'd share this bit about yourself :) The Château is gorgeous, I hope to visit!

Ann X said...

Wow! Sonds really like a dream job! Lucky you! :)

Liza in Ann Arbor said...

That sounds like a blast of a job + you have that gorgeous setting (I say as I sit here in a room with no windows, grading papers)... I shouldn't complain, though, since in 4 more days, I have two and 1/2 months off! France here I come...

katiez said...

How fun! And how great to work in such a fantastic place.

L Vanel said...

Oooh, good job.

Belle de Ville said...

wow, i want your job!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What a beautiful place and sounds like you have the perfect job. Diane

The Field of Gold said...

My beautiful wife was looking at your blog about the Chateau some weeks ago and she asked me 'what does she do?' I think she asked because this is what she does. See
http://www.dunedinclub.co.nz/home.html

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

You have a lot of people's dream job you know! Thanks for sharing!

Aidan said...

Jennifer,
How lucky are you?! It sounds like a wonderful job. I love the chandelier above the dining table. Is that turquoise milk glass?
I'll bet you're pinching yourself daily.
Although, the Languedoc misses you.
aidan x

Loulou in France said...

AMB
Yes, I get to go home. :)

Nathalie
I agree...

Loulou in France said...

Beaver
Or a Jill of all trades. :)
So far I haven't stayed over, but I can if necessary. That might happen this weekend...there is a lot going on!

Kasia
It is great, and definitely keeps me entertained!
Come to Normandy and I'll give you a tour.

Loulou in France said...

Michel
My boss is the one who keeps everything going. She knows the place inside and out and I'm in awe of her. And she's got a wonderful sense of humor. I love working with her!

GF
lol

Loulou in France said...

Véronique
I don't think there are many jobs like this out there and I feel incredibly fortunate that this opportunity came my way. And no, it is never boring!

Lindsey
It's hard to describe exactly what I do, so it took me a while to write this post.
I hope I can give you a tour one day!

Loulou in France said...

Ann
Merci!

Liza
2½ months off is your reward for sitting in a room with no windows. :)
Where in France will you be visiting?

Loulou in France said...

katie
It is fantastic! And my co-workers are all so nice.

Lucy
Thanks, darlin'!

Loulou in France said...

Belle
Sorry, you can't have it. :)

Diane
It is a great job! I feel very fortunate.

Loulou in France said...

Field of Gold
Your wife works at an amazing looking place!

Mardi
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful time in France this summer. Any plans to come to Normandy?

Loulou in France said...

Aidan
I'm not sure if that is milk glass, but I'll ask.
Yes, I sometimes pinch myself. :)

I miss the Languedoc too...thanks!

Sharon said...

it looks a gorgeous place to work - think I'd have a wardrobe challenge though! I don't expect you're allowed a bad hair day!

Cynthia K said...

Saw the website...they are truly blessed to have YOU updating their blog - and yours - with the most gorgeous photos that showcase the beauty of the chateau and give an emotional hint of mystery. An excellent pairing! Well done!!

Irina said...

I love your job!! Do they need someone to translate menu into Russian? ;)
Can't wait for the tour.

Irina said...

It seems my comment didn't go through.
What a fun job you have, LouLou!!
Do they need someone to translate their menus to Russian?
;)

Diane said...

Sounds like an awesome job! Glad I found your blog ;-)

Loulou in France said...

Sharon
It isn't as stuffy as you would think. (thankfully!) But I could always use some new clothes...

Cynthia
Thank you! That is very kind of you to say.
:)

Loulou in France said...

Irina
If they need a Russian translator, I'll be sure to let you know. :)

Diane
Bonjour! Thanks for stopping by.
I saw you are on Twitter as well. Looking forward to getting to know you.