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!

Sanremo Italy – On Route to France from Hungary

Stunning views Sanremo
After a grueling 7-hour stretch in the van, we find ourselves in handsome Sanremo Italy, our last stop on our 1700-kilometer drive home from Hungary before reaching Capestang France tomorrow afternoon. We went from snow in Hungary, to rain in Slovenia and ended in 15+ in this microclimate piece of heaven. Located directed on the Italian Riviera, this pleasant...

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...

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...

Fulfilling My Wish to Sing

Hamori, Eva singing debut Sud de France
'All your dreams come true if you have the courage to pursue them'. Walt Disney  https://youtu.be/Zye-4GGANzw The first song I ever learned from beginning to end was 'A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes' sung during the cartoon-version of the movie Cinderella. I was young, and believed in the words I sung, that my dreams would actually come true.  Why is music so...

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...

Go Karting in Caussiniojouls France with Kids

activities for kids near Capestang
http://youtu.be/bb4jiDku5Y8 Kart racing is an open wheel motor sport. Go Karts drive around scaled down circuits and is where most professional racecar drivers start their careers. Over a decade ago, I saw a coupon on the notice board at work giving Safeway employees a discount at the local Vancouver indoor Go Karting course. At the time, Alfonz and I were only...

40 Before 40

eva hamori makes vlogs
  December 14th 2012 was my 39th birthday, and  I have made a list of the forty places I wish to visit over the course of the next year before turning the big four oh and specifically what I would like to see and do there. Last year when we started our adventure in Europe, Kelley Scarsbrook launched her 40 before...

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...

Spring Skiing In The Pyrenees

    In the heart of Catalan country, a quick two-hour car trip from Capestang, you will find the pretty ski village of Eyne, Pyrénées Orientales. Winding roads lead you up towards snow-capped peaks with beautiful views of the valley below. Joining three other families from Capestang on this weekend getaway, we had 6 kids and 8...

Let’s Clean-up Capestang Campaign- 40 Before 40

expats living in France
      When we decided on Capestang as the perfect spot in Europe to raise our children, what we saw in this village was untouched potential. We stumbled across a perfectly preserved French village that stays open year round. Unlike many of the coastal communities that cater to tourists, they then shut down for the winter. Capestang has just enough life and resources...