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!

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...

Write for a Magazine – 40 Before 40

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Another 40 before 40 goal is ticked off my list. I actually think this is two separate goals. I have been writing for BBB Midi since last year, a local Languedoc publication that lets people, like myself, share experiences with their readers. They have a fellow blogger who writes Tales from the Shop Floor as well as myself, who writes as...

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...

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...

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...

Best French Immersion Program – Move to France

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How we learn French- By Eva Hamori After nearly two years living in France, I find the confidence to ask the baker for bread, can understand most of what I hear and sometimes, I even respond. Some days you cannot shut me up and other days I struggle to find the simplest words. I guess learning a new language at...

40 before 40 – Grandma’s Recipe Blog

farmers markets of France
Part of my 40 before 40 list was to eventually put together my grandmother's recipes in one place for the next generations to enjoy. I learned to cook from my parents, who never used a recipe book when teaching me how to cook. They learned how foods blend, while the ingredients warm up to the proper consistency in the end....

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 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,...

Serendipitous Canal Du Midi Boat Tour

  "Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else" If you are lucky this happens. You are on vacation and all the stars line up for a serendipitous experience. Maybe you are at a resort and the maid brings you back to her house for a home cooked meal...