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!

Rambla Walking Strip Barcelona Spain

La Rambla is the main walking strip that takes you between the Plaza Catalunya near the sea to the Gothic quarter and the neighbourhood of El Rava in Barcelona Spain. Over one kilometre long it is located in the best tourist section of the city. With its tree lined shaded promenade and kiosks, you can find many trinkets, flowers,...

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,...

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...

40 Before 40 Scotland

packing for scotland from France
Dear Sis, I know 'hee haw' about Scotland and no real 'scooby' what I am in for. After a 'cuppa' with whiskey of course I only pray I don't end up in a 'stooky' with some 'boggy' hen, in a 'minging' bathroom somewhere. I'll be there at the back of five, and hope we have time to pick up...

Port Aventura Salou Tarragona Spain

  Port Aventura is a theme park four hours from our home in Capestang France, heading south over the Spanish boarder with good prices and lots to do for kids of all ages. Four million people visit this amusement park each year located south west of Barcelona.     Salou Tarragon Spain is a seaside resort community on the Daurada coast with white...

Wobbly Wine Tours Departs From Capestang

  Alfonz scouted the area looking for wineries for our Capestang wine tour. Daily, he jumped on his BMW motorbike, now a well known fixture throughout our village and searched for the ideal places to show tourists. Criteria was being close to the Canal du Midi offering Capestang’s visitors an option to visit Chateaus during their over-night stays. Whether in...

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...

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...

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...

40 before 40 – River Rafting Roquebrun

rafting the river orb
We did it! River Rafting another ? tick off my 40 before 40 to do list! With our Belgian guests Greet and Stephan, our local friends Pierre, Anne, Celine, Maxmin and Garance, my daughter Angelina, my husband Alfonz and I, we drove the forty-five minutes to Roquebrun on the river Orb to try our hand at river rafting. It was...