All posts filed under: France 2014

Wedn, 11/5/2014 – St. Malo

One sentence: The tide is low, alors on a fait une promenade. (Translation: So we took a stroll/walk.) – We woke up to a chilly morning (with no rain, thankfully) in our wonderful loft apartment. I made us crêpes with les galettes de Bretagne (crêpes from the region in France), oeufs (eggs) and Camembert cheese. We also discovered rice pudding with caramel. Très bien! (Very good!) – Our 3-day trip to St. Malo landed at the end of the busy season. The Route de Rhum (a sailboating race every 4 yrs from St. Malo to Guadeloupe) launched the day before we arrived and a few shops & restaurants have closed. – We visited the beautiful cathedral in the center of the city. I’m not sure of its original construction dates, but Napoleon III added gothic elements during his time and, unfortunately, the cathedral was destroyed in 1944 during WWII. The stain glass windows have since been replaced and look marvelous. – The tide was low as we walked along the ramparts, so we took a promenade to …

Tues, 11/4/2014 – Mont St. Michel

One sentence: Mont St-Michel gives an essence of medieval and gothic times as we made our modern-day pilgrimage. – Woke up to a gorgeous morning in our St. Malo loft apartment. We had done some grocery shopping the day before for our breakfasts, so I made us some Crêpes with Camembert cheese (cow’s milk cheese), fromage de chèvre (goat cheese) and champignons (mushrooms). I had watched Gael, Cristina’s husband, in Rennes a few days ago to learn how the French make such incredible Crêpes. They turned out quite well. – Took a stroll down the small streets to our bus stop outside the ramparts for Mont Saint Michel visit. At the stop we watched a young students from the town jog along the seaside, where the tide was out. There is only one bus from St. Malo each day for 22€. – (View post from the summer of 2012 when I was last in Mt-St-Michel without my parents.) – A little over an hour later, we made it to Mont-St-Michel. Not too many people where there …

Sun & Mon, 11/2 & 11/3/2014 – St. Malo

One sentence: Brittany bids us welcome with its rainy weather and wonderful views. – Played with the little ones and had breakfast/lunch with our family in Rennes. – Our Airbnb host from St. Malo (our next destination) came to pick us up and drove us to St. Malo from Rennes. The apartment there is adorable and perfect for us. – We walked around and discovered the main streets. My mother and I both purchased new sweaters “a la mode” to welcome us to the chilly, rainy weather. – On Monday, we ventured to the “Office de Tourisme” and walked around the walls of St. Malo. – We are finally back in the land of Wi-Fi now. Apparently, bars in St. Malo are the only place to access Internet. So, I am currently sitting with my parents at a bar with our laptops and “vin chaud” (hot wine).

Wed, 10/28/2014 – Paris

One sentence: – I work up and got our morning baguette at a boulangerie around the corner from our apartment. You can’t beat a fresh baguette for 1 euro. – My mother and I made our way to the Musėe de la Mode, but ran into a wonderful street market. – We found the Musėe, but waited on a long hour long line outside. The fashion in 50s exhibit was closing this weekend. The exhibit was smaller than we expected, but worth the wait. – We got lunch from the market and headed back to the apartment in hopes that my father found his way! Thankfully, my mother found him wandering the streets, while I returned upstairs to find word about my lost luggage. It was coming, but I had to wait all afternoon. – The one consolation of waiting inside an apartment in Paris and not froking the streets, is that I am able to see the Eiffle Tower light circling around. It is a wonderful reminder of this beautiful place. I will certainly be back soon. …

Tues, 10/28/2014 – Paris

One sentence: It has been an eventful 24-hrs. In summary, look below. – While I was in line for security, after my flight from RDU-JFK, my father called and said he wasn’t flying with my mother and me tonight. I panicked! What had happened?! Apparently, he didn’t realize his passport expired two months ago until and hour before leaving for the airport. – My mom was late to arriving to JFK so I waited outside security to at least give my father a hug and get settled with my mother. Twenty mins before the flight was boarding, my parents arrived and my mom didn’t check in or have a boarding pass. I’m freaking out! We run to the Icelandair desk and they work magic to get us on the flight. We give my dad a kiss, not knowing if we will see him in Paris, and rush through First class security and right on the plane. – My mother and I sit next to a lovely man from Iceland who spoke to us about his culture and his …