• International
  • Arriving in Marseille

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    First you travel. The excitement of going masks the boredom of getting there. You get on a plane, then off. Then on, then off. Then on, then off. You plan to sleep over the ocean, but the airline is determined to feed you. Every time you get comfortable and start to sleep, they come through […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 7

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    Reims   There’s something you really need to understand about Reims. As you’re reading this, if you’re not familiar with the city or the French language in general, you’re reading it as Reems. Don’t worry, I did too. In pre-trip planning we would look up the pronunciation of Reims and become confused. Everything we looked […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 6

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    Anniversary Day   We’ve got to get that carousel marked off the list. We spend the morning walking through Montmartre and checking out the carousel and the Montmartre funicular (included in our metro pass). We have croissants and coffee at a lovely sidewalk cafe. We go back to the Biscuiterie de Montmartre and purchase macarons […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 4

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    Giverny We hopped a train, then a bus, and ended up at Claude Monet’s house. I clearly remember the first time I saw Water Lilies in a textbook and thought it looked like dreams. What I didn’t realize was that Monet wasn’t painting dreams, he was painting his backyard. A foundation now keeps his expansive backyard garden […]

  • International
  • Nice Planning

    Nice, by Raoul Dufy

    So I started planning a trip to Italy, and I ended up booking a trip to France. This is the second time Italy has been passed over, so I feel like I need to start examining why I refuse to go to Italy. But that’s a different post. This is about the French Riviera.   […]

  • Domestic
  • The Wine Trip

    Our ride

    It was a day spent on a school bus that took us from winery to winery somewhere in Missouri. At each stop, we would pile off of the bus and spread out blankets. We would kick off our shoes and arrange snacks while bottles were purchased and glasses were filled. At the first stop, we […]