The 2015 traveling season has begun

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We haven't made any  decisions about any big trips for this year. Talks of possible scuba diving trip destinations come up here and there, as well as taking advantage of the current exchange rate between the Euro and the dollar, but we haven't been able to make up our minds yet. Both of us definitely want to spend more time at home this summer enjoying the pool renovation we did last year. There is something to be said for lazy summer days at … [Read more...]

Nous sommes Charlie…

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I have pondered throughout this past week about whether to write a post regarding the terrorist attacks in France: The attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine which left 12 dead on Wednesday, the killing of a female police officer the following day, and the attack on a Kosher supermarket in which four more died. There are so many other political and news sites who could do it justice better than I, and there are other bloggers who … [Read more...]

A Year in Travel: 2014

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2014 marked a fun year in the amount of traveling I was blessed to have the opportunity to do. Some were places I had been before, while some were brand new. The mix of the familiar favorites with new adventures made for a most wonderful year. Here's  a little summary of where the wind blew me in 2014... San Francisco, CA The Fairmont~Napa Valley Wine Train~Chinatown~Fisherman's Wharf~Golden Gate Bridge~Sausalito~The Trident~Robert Mondavi … [Read more...]

Top Ten blog posts of 2014

Finding a French Tutor

I love our community here at French Pemberley. In 2014 we grew from a brand new blog whose inaugural post was published February 2014 and now, 9 short months later, we have over 500 subscribers and an engaged facebook community of over 3,500. I have loved every word shared between us. This blog matters, because you make it matter. Thank you. Without further adieu, here are French Pemberley's Top Ten posts of 2014 (based on page views) 1.  … [Read more...]

Photography Friday #8: European Road Trip 2014

I returned home this week from our European road trip. Before I share a few photos; here are a few numbers:Number of:Flights taken: 4Miles Driven: 1000Countries visited: 4 (Spain, France, Italy and Monaco)Cities Visited: 6 (Barcelona, Salou, Lyon, Marseilles, Turin, and Monte Carlo)My children I took with me: 3 (my three daughters accompanied us)Bags packed in total for 5 people (2 adults and 3 children): 4 checked plus 2 … [Read more...]

Stories mid-adventure…

"So far, we have driven over 1600 miles through France, Italy, Monaco and Spain, with kids, and the awesomeness can't be underrated. Even if Brooke (age 4) did throw up once in the rental car..."  On the 15th of this month, I left for a new adventure, excited for a blend of the familiar and the new.  I'm still on this amazing adventure but we are having a lazy day today and I actually have wifi so I was happy to have a … [Read more...]

(Time) Travel Tuesday: The Royal Wedding Trip

In 2011, we decided to take a trip to England. Then we thought, why not coordinate our trip dates with that of the Royal Wedding between Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton which was taking place on April 29,2011 at Westminster Abbey.    The day of the royal wedding--waiting at Buckingham Palace with so many other people--along with viewing Westminster Abbey the day after, were definite highlights of that particular trip, but … [Read more...]

Photography Friday 6: Paris is always a good idea

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 My first trip to Paris was a game changer. These photos are from that first trip, the second day. Though that was a few years ago, when I look at these photos, it is like I am right back there. And I am so happy because in less than a week, I will be. The mini lady liberty...   Me, at the Louvre...(my hair was so short then!) The Venus de Milo   The Mona Lisa Having a little museum fun... This … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: The Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the things that had been on my "bucket list" for awhile was a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train in Napa Valley, California, and in May, Darcy and I finally booked our passage. We were on a short holiday in San Francisco and took a day trip down to Napa to enjoy this special tour. Leaving from the Fairmont downtown, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive to McKinstry Street Station in Napa where it departs from.  Their website … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: California Adventures (LA, Santa Barbara and Solvang)

 California holds a special place in my heart. I lived there from 1997 to 2002, holding residence in both the Northern end of the state, near the Oregon border, and also in Los Angeles while I worked as a Speech Pathologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  It is where I was living when I met Darcy, where we courted, and though we didn't get married there (we were married in Scotland), we were living there still when we had … [Read more...]