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!

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...

Bohemian Rhapsody @ Year End Concert

http://youtu.be/0E7NKSMCZYE   Who doesn't love Freddie Mercury  and the uber famous song Bohemian Rhapsody. It reminds me when I first saw Wayne's World when Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey head bashed to the tune, typical 80's style, as they drove along in their beater car. So when Sally, our choir director, asked me to sing a solo part during our choir performance,...

Piazza Dei Mercanti & Duomo Roof Top View

  Milano! You either love it or hate it here or at least that's what the tourist book says. Milano on first glance is noisy, crowded, busy and dirty. On second glance you will find a lively culture, with people out and about with many things to do and see; even in the middle of winter. Mom was recently reacquainted through the...

Diet Goals – Drop a Few Pounds, 40 Before 40 List

In France, eating is a serious art form and a national sport. - Julia Childs I promised myself never to diet again, but still wish to drop the few pounds I gained while mom was visiting Capestang over the winter. I found myself incredibly inspired after meeting Kristen Macgregor; a Canadian woman staying in our apartment rental with a fabulous story...

TESOL Training – 40 before 40

TESOL complete
Another tick off my goal list! I am methodical creature, not sure why, but I am. Even my memories line up in chronological order to sift through at will. It is strange to people that don’t function that way, so I'm told, but I have no idea how other people's brains work. I wanted to do this for so long and...

La Grotte de Clamouse

What is so amazing about going deep into a cave on the side of a mountain? For us it is to imagine just how long it took to form. At La Grotte de Clamouse one part of the cave is over a million years old; while some mineral formations are 100,000 years old for a single icicle shaped creation hanging...

Having a Hysterectomy Before 40 In France – What To Expect

Hysterectomy on the French medical system- Once I had my diagnosis, I won't lie, it took me a long time to figure out how I felt about hysterectomy before 40. Sure, like most of us, I read everything I could find about my illness, tried to find alternative options and make an educated decision based on the information. Simple equation, applied...

Milano Bus Tour – A Line

  Milano has a hop on hop off bus tour like Barcelona and Budapest. Without a car, we decide to try the two day tour for 20€. Pleased to start off at Piazza Castello where the Sforza castle is located, we walked around the castle before the bus picked us up. A well preserved castle with a giant courtyard turned park...

Post Hysterectomy First Week-Six Months

Today is my 11 day post hysterectomy operation mark, and I feel fabulous. Other than being tired, it has been a breeze. The last ten days were full of modified activities; mainly writing, reading and shouting recipes from the pullout bed in the living room. Alfonz propped me up with pillows, and surrounding me with massive amount of books, drinks...

40 Before 40 Venice Italy – The Floating City of Venice

Venice Italy Christmas
  Venice is remarkable. It has a romantic allure that tops the charts for places to see in the world. The idea of a city on top of water, with canals for roads and little cobblestone footpaths lined with window displays, and festivals like Carnevale and Il Redentore; bring 12-20 million tourists here per year. Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge,...