Parlez-vous français? …No
Let’s see, what subject could possibly be worthy of my 200th post? (That’s right – 200!) Ahhh, how about a recent holiday? YUP!
Trent & I have gotten in the habit now of taking a wee extended weekend holiday once every Autumn or Winter. Stockholm was November 2010, Dublin December 2011, and now France for September 2012! We’ve always been a bit wary of a trip to France, as we know very little French (read: no French at all), but enough people had encouraged us it was achievable that we decided to go for it. We planned quite a trek, too, involving no air travel at all: we did Eurostar through the chunnel into Paris, where we stayed for a few days, then another train to Mont St Michel, then Caen to ferry back to Britain! What a busy few days we had!
I had loads of knitting time on the train… I’d forgotten what knitting for fun was like – I’m so busy knitting for work!
The flat that we stayed in (found through our new favourite accommodations-finding site, airbnb) was awesome! Our hosts brought us delicious breakfast baskets each morning.
We had one full day in Paris, & I don’t think we waisted a minute! We wanted to squeeze in all the sights – the Louvre, Champs Elysees, Tuileries Gardens, Arc d’Triomphe, Notre Dame, even Paris’ Statue of Liberty (why not?)… Trent mapped our path once we returned home, only to discover we’d walked 12.55 miles that 1 day!
Charcuterie! Yum! You can bet we took a bit home with us too.
We had a good rifle through this collector’s shop and found some prints and lovely buttons – fab souvenirs!
Oh yes, and a bit of knitting at the foot of some famous landmark…
On to Mont St Michel – what a jaw-dropper! We could barely believe that we were not in a fairy tale.
Trent had found a fun eco-dome-thing for us to stay in with a sweet curved turf-covered roof.
This was the tantalising view on our 2.8-mile walk to the island.
The abbey was pretty breathtaking, as was the view from the top.
The sight is even more surreal at night.
The island was full of windy streets with shops, restaurants and creperies.
It was here that I had the best crepe of my life – buckwheat crepe filled with salad, goats cheese and nuts. Oh and wash that down with
Normandy cider cidre Normandie and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal my friend.
The trip ended very nicely with a ferry ride that was much like a mini-cruise ship. I welcomed the English coast with a few more rows of knitting of course. I’ve got plenty more photos in my Flickr set, if you want more France in your life!
It took about a week to recover from all the cheese, knitting and walking, but as my Grandma Ollie always said after a holiday, ‘back to old clothes and porridge’. Indeed.
Where have you holidayed this year? Where do you suggest we travellers go for 2013?