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!

Sagrada Familia Basilica – Barcelona Spain

If you do one thing outside of budget on your trip to Barcelona, go inside Sagrada Familia Temple. The large Catholic Church draws tourist from around the world. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI declares the temple a minor Basilica. The unfinished work by Antoni Gaudi is different than any other church. Its vastness alone is note worthy but with light...

The Haunted Covenant Inn & Falkland Palace

Falkland Fife has a population of just over 1100 and is Scotland's first conservation village. In 1300AD, the village was called Parish of Kilgour. When I first heard the name it rang a bell, and after searching the net, I found that Mark Kilgour is a character in the Henderson's boys novel series by Robert Muchamore. I...

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,...

Pescatarian in France?

                    As part of my ‘40 before 40 goal list’, our family has decided to cut back on meat. We have three families in our life that are good examples on how to cut back on meat from our diets. It may be a coincidence that all three are thirty-something couples who raise their children with health in mind. It doesn't...

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,...

My Last Worry – Carte Vitale

carte vitale France
Moving to a new country comes with its' worries. New language, new people, and new customs and that is aside from setting the children up with everything they need with school and so forth. Back when we meticulously completed our 'TO DO List' when moving to France, once here and settled into our new life, we started a new list,...

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...

Spinning On The Bull’s Balls- Milan Italy

milano bull's balls
        Today was a full first day in Milan. After we finished walking up and down the stairs to Duomo view top we then stopped for a quick bite to eat and found a little hidden gem of a spot to have a quick espresso. The shop walls were covered in a tiny mosaic of birds in trees. The best...

Mont D’or Formage et Saucisse de Morteau

  We join our friends, Daniel's handball coach, his family, and their 4 kids, for another beautiful meal. Mont D'or is located on the Swiss boarder, a huge ski mountain, and world renown. And C, the father of the family, happens to be from this region in France, known for their cheese, the cheese that fondue is traditionally made from. Cheese and...

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...