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Sundays with Gage – 2010 Travels

2010 opened quietly with Jason and I enjoying dinner out, going to the movies and planning trips but is closing a  bit differently, with quick dinners in, Netflix, and no trips on the horizon.  At the end of February, the evening before we left for San Francisco, we found out I was pregnant.  It was a fun and scary trip.  My mood went from excited to scared to happy and around again.  Here I am in San Fran 6 weeks preggers with Gage .

Here’s my post about our trip.

Once back in  Ohio we still weren’t telling anyone, not even parents, and we had to plan our trip to France.  I’m so glad we started planning before we knew I was pregnant or we may not have done it.  The trip was wonderful but Gage did make his presence known in the form of morning sickness and lots of it.

Here’s Gage in France and my two posts about our trip (post 1)(post 2).  You can see that he is already showing himself :)  I was a little nervous about being in a foreign country during pregnancy, but no major problems and the trip was a huge success.

After France we had a relatively quiet summer and fall until he officially made an appearance. 

I don’t know what our travel plans will be in 2011, but I’m sure traveling with an infant will be a bit more complicated!

Gage and Jason and I hope you had a very happy Christmas.

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage, travel | 13 Comments

Our French Vacation, part 2

Jason and I both loved Paris.  We were there from Tuesday-Sunday and Jason was a rock star in getting us around on the subway. 

Our first stop was one of the most visited cemeteries in the world, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.  I don’t want to sound too terribly weird, but this was such a cool place and it is a who’s who of famous people. Loved it.

 

And we made the requisite trip to the Eiffel Tower, but we did not wait in line to go to the top.

We took a wonderful boat ride down the Seine River.  We were able to see much of the beautiful architecture of the city.

We both love museums, so on Wednesday we headed to the Louvre and saw the famous Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo. etc.  My favorite part of any art museum are the sculptures.

We took a short break from the Louvre and walked to Sainte-Chapelle, a church built in the 1240′s.  It has the most gorgeous windows I’ve ever seen.  Each panel tells a story of the Bible and the whole Bible is in there.

The next morning we headed to Versailles.

And Notre Dame, which was more impressive than I imagined.

We spent Friday at the French Open, where Eric and Virginie met up with us.  This is Jason and me after we had been baking in the sun all day.

On Saturday the four of us went to Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum.  It was hit or miss.  They have a fabulous exhibit there right now, Dreamlands, but it’s permanent collection was more disturbing than anything.  But hey, we were with friends :)

We headed to a great place to view the city, Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Montmartre area.

We spent Friday and Saturday nights in the Latin Quarter which was an area full of restaurants, bars, and life!  Loved it. 

Thanks for travelling along with us to Paris.  Here’s one last picture of us in Versailles hall of mirrors.

June 6, 2010 Posted by | travel | | 17 Comments

Our French Vacation, part 1

We chose to visit France this year because friends of ours moved there almost two years ago and we thought it would be a great opportunity to spend time with them and have a personal tour guide (Eric’s French and Virginie’s Belgian).  We also had the pleasure of meeting the newest addition to their family, Solene, who turned one year old the day we arrived.  Camille was 10 months old when they left so it was like meeting her all over again too.  If you want to see how cute they are you should check out their blog.

Eric and Virginie live is a small village outside of Lyon, so we flew in to Paris and took the two-hour train ride to their home.  I love the ease of traveling by train in Europe.  Our first full day we went to see the third largest city in France, Lyon.   A view from the top…

This awesome fountain is by City Hall and the art museum. There was steam coming from the horse nostrils.  Oh, and that’s me and Jason.

We really enjoyed Lyon and our day there.  The next day was a hard one because I was sick pretty much the whole day.  It was my worst day there, but we still managed to visit Perouges, a village developed in the 14-15th centuries.  I loved the rocky streets and medieval charm…

On Monday we headed to Beajolais country and it was one of my favorite French excursions.  Here’s one reason why…

How beautiful is that?  The hillsides are dotted with vineyards and small villages.  We visited a few of the villages and I loved the quaint beauty.

Virginie and Eric were so very kind to let us stay with them, cook for us, and to show us around the region.  And the girls were so much fun!  Here’s a pic of Jason getting a little advance training…

I think he’s got it figured out :)  It was great to visit with friends and to ask all kinds of fun questions.  Did you know they still don’t use garbage disposals over there?  And did you know it is MANDATORY to vote in Belgium?  I could go on, but I’ll leave you with a cute picture of our friends.  Stop by tomorrow for the time we spent in Paris.

Thanks guys!  And Jif peanut butter is on the way :)

June 5, 2010 Posted by | travel | | 14 Comments

Walking San Francisco

We arrived home this morning at about 1 am after almost a week in San Francisco.  First, I have to mention our flights out and back.  Last Saturday morning we’re in the plane on the runway for takeoff and the pilot drives back to where we boarded and tells us that on the way to the runway he accidentally drove through a snow pile and just wants to make sure everything is okay.  And then 10 minutes later comes back and tells us he’s completely ruined the engine and they’ll have to find us another plane.  Seriously, shouldn’t a 737 be able to handle a little snow?  We switched planes and it was all good.  Then on the way back we were in the plane and a light came on, didn’t come on, whatever, and we had to get off the plane and wait.  And wait.  Four hours later we were good to go.  During that time we were able to meet a wonderful family Noel and Maura and their two kids Will and Ellie.  They made the wait easier to take.  So my advice?  If you need to get someplace on time don’t fly with us!

We stayed at The Palace downtown…

Jason’s conference was being held here and it is beautiful hotel.  Our taxi driver from the airport told us that we came just in time for the Chinese New Year parade that evening.  This is second only to the one in China (so the local news told us) and lasted a long time.  I can’t remember the last time I saw a parade…

We took the required trip to Alcatraz and learned so much about it’s history.  I didn’t know (or remember) that it had only been in use as a prison for 30 years. 

The ferry ride there was only 10 minutes and provided some lovely views of the city.

I had my fish ‘n chips at Fisherman’s Wharf, hiked up the hill to Coit Tower, overworked my short legs through the hills od Nob Hill & Russian Hill, saw the famous painted houses and spent quite a bit of time in Chinatown.  I went to the Fortune Cookie Factory where I saw the women making the fortune cookies and had some fresh off the line.  I love fortune cookies so I brought a big bag home.

I spent Monday at Golden Gate Park and my favorite place on this trip was there.  I loved the  Japanese Tea Garden.  It is peaceful and beautiful and I could have spent all day there with my camera and book.

There was a wonderful tea house near the entrance where I stopped on my way out for a nice cup of jasmine tea.

So, there you have it.  A wonderful week in beautiful San Francisco.  I was unconnected all week long.  Not one email or blog or website.  I’m feeling refreshed.  Even if I am looking outside my window at huge mounds of snow.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | travel | , | 37 Comments

   

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