40 Before 40

40 Before 40

With the monumental 40th birthday approaching, I decided to make a list of the forty things I wanted to do before my milestone occurred. It was fun, and I think I learned a lot in that year. Will there be a fifty before fifty? Wait and see!

Happy 40th Birthday – 40 Before 40 List Complete

December 14th is my 40th birthday, and I dedicated the last year of my thirties to complete a wishlist of things I want to do before turning the big four-oh! My list changed, evolved, and grew as I went through the process of completing 40 activities. I wanted to push myself outside my comfort zone to try different things,...

Languedoc Wine & Castle Tours

Alfonz dreamed up a business, got the licensing together in a foreign language, bought the nine passenger Mercedes Van and created the business South Westy Tours back in 2012. When my friend Sherrin visited us from Canada, we were inspired to do a trial run of some highlights from the tour. Six of us got in the van with photos and...

40 before 40 – Circle of Friends, Playing Piano and Building a Website

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                    Finishing up my forty before forty list... I have been very busy this year, trying to get better at the things I already do. Up until leaving Canada my life was a whirlwind of mediocre achievements and rushed work at a rapid fire pace. I promised myself during our new life in France, (which started as a sabbatical), I would...

Carignan Grape Harvest – Languedoc France

                      Wine is to France, as pasta is to Italy, as paprika is to Hungary, and as hockey is to Canada. Everyone drinks wine. In France, I am reminded at every meal out, it is cheaper than water, as I pay for 2.40€ perrier and my husband's 2.00€ rosé. The Harvest in the Languedoc region of southern France is more than...

Saint Andrews & My Seven-Year-Old on Irn Bru

http://youtu.be/H4PxuFQCDis St. Andrews, Scotland named after Saint Andrews the Apostle, is a beautiful seaside city located on the North East coast of Fife and is known for their university and 'Home of Golf' one of the oldest clubs where championships are held. The busy streets of St. Andrews were full of students. My stepsister Nicole and I wonder around with my...

Picasso Museum – Barcelona Spain

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Barcelona Spain Picasso Museum is for the art lover. A little known fact about my past- I worked 10 years for an Art Gallery where I met local and famous artists like Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac and Robert Bateman and participated in signings and sales in the Canadian art scene. I loved my job and learned so much about collecting art,...

Da Vinci’s Last Supper

  The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci was painted between 1494 and 1498 on the north wall of the refectory of the ancient Dominican monastery of Saint Maria delle Grazie. On the opposite wall is the fresco of The Crucifixion by Lombard painter Giovanni Donato da Montorfano, from 1495. Housing both the initial and final episodes of the Passion...

Bike Riding the Canal du Midi – 40 Before 40

  Since moving to southern France, we have pointed many tourists to the Canal du Midi for a relaxing bike ride along the shady tree covered path, where you make your own breeze on a hot summer's day. Except one problem... I never did it before today! Another tick? off my 40 before 40 list, Alfonz and I celebrate our last day...

Glasgow Scotland – Western Europe’s Friendliest Murder Capital

Glasgow was once the biggest city in the world... well no but it was one of the largest seaports in the world! Being at the entry spot of the Clyde River, it naturally became a point of trade for sailors to find scallywags and where big business took place. Glasgow’s population inflated rapidly and eventually it became known as the...

Milano Last Day

Mom and I started off our last day waking up to snow. My cold kicked my ass, so we decided to take it easy and stick to the bus tour. We bundled up and made our way to the centre of town,...