21 December 2014

Les Progrès des Laféroises

I have been quiet on the volleyball side of things this fall.

It wasn't on purpose. We just don't have a lot of photos or videos to really showcase what's going on, and we haven't had any really dramatic victories to brag about. All of the photos in this blog are from our first match back in September.

14 December 2014

That Other Thing at the Trocadéro


"The Problem" with visiting a city like Paris is you only have a limited amount of time. Three days. Two weeks. One month...if you're exceptionally lucky!

We've been around this jewel of a ville for nearly four years now, and we're not even close to finished with just the things we'd like to do!

Enter another off-the-radar fantastic museum: Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimonie inside the Palais de Chaillot.

09 December 2014

These Favorite Holiday Plans

13 days.

Even though we've been blessed with a long and cool fall, and we are beyond thankful that the temperatures didn't drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit until December . . .

We are dying to go to Spain.

Before we make decisions.
Back in 2010/2011 when This Europe Thing was just an idea, maybe for fun, maybe for real, we had to ask ourselves a lot of questions.

Can we afford it? How long will we want to live overseas? Can we be happy in Europe? What countries do we think we can actually live in? Will we survive the cold? Will we be homesick? How will it affect our family/friend relationships? Will the rewards outweigh the risks?

One of the big things to consider was the fact that the sports seasons last from September to May.

What would we do for Christmas?

03 December 2014

Monthly Musings with Marc - December

WINESGIVING

Three of the things I love most about living in France are: the travel opportunities, the food, and the wine. 

I love the wine. :)
I love learning about the different wine regions, the complex mixtures, and taking the time to enjoy the flavors found in wine.

28 November 2014

Follow the Yellow Leaf Road


The curious history of La Fère is sometimes just a step or two away from the street.

Today I took those steps.

13 November 2014

Monthly Musings with Marc - November

THE BERLIN SPRINT

The opportunity to travel has been great for us, and, because I am not working right now, I have more free time to explore Europe. So Swags put together a quick 3-day trip for me to one of the Crown Jewels of European destinations: Berlin.

The beautiful Berlin Cathedral in the fall.
When traveling, sacrifices have to be made. Packing less, sitting with random people, and getting outside of your comfort zone are the top three things you must be prepared to give up when hitting the road. Waking up early is not in my comfort zone. When I had to get up at 4:40AM to start my journey, I couldn't help but smile to myself (Swags was still sleeping) because I knew the sacrifice was worth it. Two buses, a plane, and a train later, I was in Berlin and ready to do some exploring.

05 November 2014

Act 3: The Palais Finale

Finally.

Bonjour, L'Opéra Garnier!
The majority of our week was spent walking around the 8th arrondissement (district) of Paris. My wanders took me around new corners, under beautiful fall leaves, and up to sweeping rooftop views.

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