Provence Part 3

January 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s only been 16 months since I wrote up part 2 of this trip. One of my goals for this long Christmas / New Year’s break was to catch up on my blogging, and well, there’s only 2 days left of break so I better get going! Looking back through this pictures makes me so happy. When I think about all the trips Drew and I have taken so far in Europe, this is probably still my favorite. It was just exactly what I thought a week in Provence would be like. We visited the Pont du Gard, which has always been on my list of places to see. It’s was kind of odd actually to see a textbook picture come to life. The best part is that it is not walled off anything, you can walk on it and swim under it!

Our next stop was Avignon, which is probably best known to US French students from the song. We also made a half day stop at Arles, which has a lovely Van Gogh Museum. Our last day in Provence ended in Marseille, where we toured the harbour and ate at a wonderful Moroccan restaurant. All in all, it was a perfect vacation. Enough fun stuff to stay entertained, at a slow enough pace to still be relaxing. I’m already planning to come back many many times.

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Paris

August 9, 2014 § 3 Comments

I can’t believe we’ve almost been in London for a year. We’ve travelled a lot this past year and it’s about time I put some of that down. In February we went to Paris. I had been there when I was 16, as part of a summer learning programme associated with the University of Cambridge. I had spent a month in Cambridge, ostensibly learning neurobiology, but really mostly just goofing around with a couple dozen other 16 year olds without our parents around. Although I didn’t learn much biology, I think the trip made me a lot more confident and independent. I made new friends, in a foreign environment, and together, we ran around London and Paris on our own. I couldn’t wait to go back with Drew.

We only had Friday night to Sunday night, but managed to take in a lot of the sights and thankfully, the weather was very kind for end of February.  I think my favorite thing about this trip was going up the tower of Notre Dame. If you get the chance, don’t mind the queue, it can get long, but the view is fabulous (plus you get up close and personal with the gargoyles). We swung by the Sacre Coeur, saw Monet’s water lilies at the Musee de l’Orangerie, browsed some world famous sculptures at the Musee Rodin, and listened to jazz in a cave.

Food was, of course, amazing. We had savory crepes, nutella crepes, hot chocolate, rose croissants, apple tarts, great seafood, and the best polenta I ever had. I love this city, and I think of all the places we’ve been so far, this is one place we’re definitely coming back to :)
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