Friday, July 28, 2006


Hello from France!

I am sorry I haven't posted much. Access to the internet has not been easy to get...and it is expensive when I do get on line.

Also; I haven't been able to upload photos to the internet either because of the programs here, but Brett went home yesterday and he will upload about 200 photos to Flickr or Shutterfly. I'll post a link when he does.

There are lots of stories to tell but not a lot of time to type them. We've visited lots of places: Mont St. Michel, Giverny, Rouen, the DDay beaches, Versailles, and lots of other towns nearby. It's great!!

We leave Honfleur (in Normandy) tomorrow for the town in Provence. I am looking forward to it...the change of scene will be nice, even though I love it here in Honfleur.

Brett and I went to Paris on Wednesday. It was great! I will definitely post more about it and post some photos too.

I hope that I will have better access to the Internet once we are in Provence, so I can stay in touch better.

I have to get back to the house for lunch now...but I will try to post again soon!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

There's a lot I could tell here: about our trip down to Portland last weekend, about hanging out with our friends Steve, Carmen and Giles over the Fourth, about our temp jobs, about all the books I've been reading, about the amazing moped rides we've been going on...

All of that is to say that I feel like I've been so busy just living life the past few weeks that I haven't really updated much. There's a lot I want to say, but I haven't found the time to sit down and write about it.

Anyway...I suppose that will come soon, once we're back from France and I'm working my permanent job.

Speaking of France, we leave THIS WEEK!!! I'm so excited. After some drama with our passports (which, $284 later, is now resolved), we are now getting ready to go. I leave on Wednesday evening, and Brett leaves Thursday morning. We'll be there just in time for Bastille Day, which it looks like we'll be spending in Deauville, a resort town on the Normandy coast. Fun!

I am so looking forward to having Brett experience French culture. He's never been out of the country, with the exception of a few trips to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, so this will be a whole new world for him, one I know he'll love.

I know I'm looking forward to sharing certain experiences with him: walking through cities, buildings, and churches built when North America hadn't yet been discovered, eating pastries (tarte au citron is my favorite; I know he'll love the pain au chocolat) and drinking thick, syrupy espresso, swimming in La Manche (The English Channel), exploring Mont St. Michel, and visiting Paris.

It's going to be great.

But for now, I need to get busy with doing laundry and figuring out what to pack, which is kind of a daunting task. I haven't given it much thought, which is out of character for me...usually, I plan ahead for weeks with regard to packing. This time, though, I just haven't really thought much about it. I guess I need to get on that.

I should wrap this up -- Brett's sisters, Rachel and Amy, are on their way up to visit for the weekend. They should be here any minute. I'm looking forward to spending some time with them; with the exception of last weekend, we hadn't seen either of them in nearly a year. So it should be a good time, hanging out with them this weekend.

Anyway -- watch this space while I'm in France. I'll do my best to post more regularly while I'm there, with photos and written descriptions...

So -- a bientot, mes amis! La prochaine fois que j'ecrire ici, je serais en france!