When I was in college, I had a ’75 bright yellow Super Beetle I nicknamed Sundance. Armed with only an AM radio for entertainment and a sunroof for airconditioning, Sundance and I ventured all over the United States, even to places usually only accessed by vehicles with 4-wheel drive. I figured if I ever got stuck, I could find four strong men to pick him up and put him back on the road. Fortunately, it never came to that, but we had some adventures. The Super Beetle actually had dashboard and still had the engine in the back which gave great traction. You would have been amazed at how much I could pack into that front trunk and backseat. Sundance is long gone (couldn’t really get a child seat in the back seat of a 2-door car very well), but his spirit lives on in this little model.

For Christmas in 2019, I thought of making a Buche de Noel, a traditional French Christmas cake shaped and decorated like a log. However, Naperville boasts an French bakery by the name of A La Folie (“like crazy” as in “I love you like crazy) that happened to have an open house not long before Christmas. In addition to macarons and some chocolate confections, they were offering two types of Buche de Noels, a traditional chocolate although without the log appearance, and a non-traditional fruit flavor. I opted for the fruit and all of us agreed it was one of the best things we’d ever eaten. Even the decorations were edible. SO good and not overly sweet, but just enough.

Since we’re on personal…I had an excellent time in Flagstaff yesterday. Lisa and I met at Late for the Train Coffee shop, drinking inside obviously on a chilly winter day. After coffee, we ate Thai food, something I hadn’t had since we left Illinois. SO good. Downtown Flagstaff has lots of little shops, so we did a lot of browsing. I managed to get some door photos, too. Suddenly it was 3 pm, time to head back home. But there will be another time. Lisa, thanks for being a wonderful hostess and a kindred spirit. It was great to be in the mountains again and have some winter, complete with a bit of snow.

These two delicious yellow images are for Jude’s Life in Colour: yellow, her February challenge.

  1. Sue says:

    My first car was a VW Beetle!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Love the little car! Our neighbour had a yellow Beetle when we first came to the Algarve. Long gone! And very stylish cake πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I understood Lisa was wearing a boot due to tendonitis? Must restrict life a little.

  3. peggy says:

    Like that yellow volkeswagon. Learned to drive on an older Volkswagon beetle. I call say that is yellow for sure.

    • I learned to drive a stick in a Beetle and remember lurching through the parking lot, killing the engine more than a few times. One I got the hang of it, it was fine. But I have to admit that having automatic an being able to use cruise control on long drives is wonderful. πŸ™‚

      • peggy says:

        I had a few lurches learning to drive a stick shift – as a beginning driver, but I loved it. Automatic is much better for sure.

  4. Leya says:

    Oh, how I like that car – and your musings on it!

  5. I’ve seen a yellow Beetle long ago..love this.

  6. Heyjude says:

    There is nothing like an original VW Beetle is there? Except maybe an original Mini. The ones they make today are too big! And that cake looks very nice – fruit flavoured – lemon? Or something else. I think chocolate is far too much at Christmas so I have never had a chocolate log. Meeting up with someone and browsing shops sounds quite normal! I guess you are not in lockdown there then.

    • And the Beetles they make (or made, I think) have the engine in the front, which makes it less advantages for driving.

      I wish I could remember what flavor the cake was but it wasn’t lemon, something more exotic but totally delicious. Yes, meeting someone was a lot of fun. We’re not in lockdown and no curfews here. Masks are required for going in stores, social distancing is expected and encouraged, and some stores were limiting the number of people inside. Most places have hand sanitizer out for customers to use as well, but it’s not like it is in Europe.

  7. My first car was a pea green VW bug with no heater except for that little vent on the floor. I remember always carrying a blanket in the winter because it was so darn cold. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, the heating system was probably the worst thing about it and living in the Midwest, I did need the heat (and when I was in Steamboat Springs!) Since it ran underneath the car, it also tended to rust, which didn’t help.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    Years ago I had that little toy car in yellow. I don’t know whatever became of it, but I suddenly miss it. A few hours with a kindred spirit is what makes life so wonderful. Looking forward to your door photos.

    • It was a lot of fun to meet a fellow blogger and even more so to find we were kindred spirits. It was worth the drive up and I enjoyed seeing the snow. Getting some non-archive doors was an additional plus. πŸ™‚

  9. My college car was a yellow 2-door ’72 Vega. Like you I drove it all over and even into Mexico. I’d never trust it off road though.

  10. My mom had a yellow Beatle not the super bright yellow one but the soft paler yellow one. I was learning to drive and hoping she’d let me drive it. She never let me drive it or the Carmen Ghia she had after the Bug. I learned to drive the family station wagon and that’s all I got to drive until I bought my own car. The bug was a fun car. How she and 4 kids all fit in it is amazing. Thanks for the memories!

    I’m glad you had a great time yesterday!

  11. I love your Beetle story, Janet! And thanks again for making the trip. It was fun hanging out! By the way, we have more snow falling this morning! 🌞

    • I thought you might have more snow. I saved the church for the next trip but did stop at the scenic pullout a bit south of Flag for a great view. Thankfully traffic wasn’t too bad. Enjoy the snow. πŸ™‚

  12. Dan Antion says:

    I never owned a VW Bug, but I spend many hours in one that a girlfriend owned, including a couple long road trips. I preferred my (larger) car. Great photos.

  13. de Wets Wild says:

    I loved your recollections of your travels with Sundance, Janet!

    • Thanks. We had a great time together and covered at least 100,000 miles, most likely many more. The odometer broke long before that milestone and I never wanted to spend the money to have it fixed because it didn’t matter how many miles. But he took me all over the United States in style. πŸ™‚

  14. VO says:

    You just reminded me how strongly I was dreaming to have a vw beetle when I was younger! But they aren’t cheap in France and a real collector’s item… Maybe one day??
    And that bΓ»che does look good!

  15. susurrus says:

    It sounds like you had a lot of fun in your Beetle. I once drove a bright green one into a wall. Not on purpose – I was learning and it was just ineptitude. It took me a long while before I could go past the wall without wincing.

  16. Prior... says:

    oh how fun that you were able to meet up with Lisa!
    -both the french dessert the car story were fun!
    i knew about your car from a while back but did not know about the adventures you had – and sounds like it was durable and had some grit!!

    • I definitely had some adventures in that car. One night in college I came out to find that some guys had moved Sundance. At least they didn’t put him on someone’s porch, as I’ve read about other places! πŸ™‚

      • Prior... says:

        it is fun that they could move the car
        and like how it was him
        – a lot of cars are girls and one of ours was betsy!
        and like sundance as a name

  17. Resa says:

    I’m not sure why there are not Beetles anymore. It’s a great car, and could be very green today, even still using gas. Well, I suppose it’s all about SUVs these days, ashamedly.
    The log looks amazing!

  18. joey says:

    Yellow is my favorite! I never choose chocolate when another flavor is available, let alone something YELLOW! πŸ˜€

  19. thesojourningwolf says:

    I take it yellow is your favorite color?

    • Not necessarily. This month I’m doing lots of yellow photos for Jude’s challenge, but I do like yellow because it’s so bright and cheerful and I loved it for my VW. In the rest of the world, I wear lots of black (which is a good color for me) and I like rich blues and greens.


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