Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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!

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

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      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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Picasso Museum – Barcelona Spain

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Barcelona Spain Picasso Museum is for the art lover. A little known fact about my past- I worked 10 years for an Art Gallery where I met local and famous artists like Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac and Robert Bateman and participated in signings and sales in the Canadian art scene. I loved my job and learned so much about collecting art,...