au revoir

“Move to a new country and you quickly see that visiting a place as a tourist, and actually moving there for good, are two very different things.” Someone more experienced than I said that, and although I’m sure they lived it to a fuller extent, I understand what they’re saying. Even though I’ve traveled in…

san sebastian

When planning our trip with Gabriela, she brought up San Sebastian, somewhere I had never heard of before. It took just a 3-second Google search to figure out that I definitely wanted to go there. This coastal haven is located is Spain’s Basque Country and known for its resorts, promenades, and bite-size pintxos (their take…

bordeaux

We finally ticked Bordeaux off the list! And with good company in tow: my best friend, Gabriela, and her husband, Bobby, flew over to enjoy their honeymoon and travel with us. We took two days showing them around Toulouse and I’m so glad we did because Toulouse was lookin’ extra pink and lovely for them….

sicily

I have to preface this post with the note that I accidentally deleted 2/3 of the pictures from this trip. The few that remain I am grateful for, and as for the rest, will try to paint a picture with words. In July, Dan was sent to a week-long conference (NanoSea 2016) in Giardini Naxos,…

hitched

A year ago today, Daniel and I got married in North Carolina before we moved to Toulouse. We had a simple courthouse ceremony and afterwards went across the street to a bar with our two witness friends. A big ceremony/reception is planned for when we get back to the States later this year, so that…

cassis

Anyone who told us about Marseille, also mentioned Cassis in the same breath. The big draw here are the lagoon-like inlets, called les calanques. You can hike to the calanques from the Cassis port and jump from the rocks into the water. This was put in our agenda as a must-do. The least expensive way…

marseille

In France, the month of June was dominated by one thing: soccer. The country was hosting the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup and fans from all over the continent were descending upon French host cities (Toulouse included!) Dan was lucky enough to get tickets to a match in Marseille and for another in Toulouse later in…

nimes

Dan has a friend who shares his musical taste and in June, he invited us to a festival in Nimes called This Is Not A Love Song (TINALS). Nimes is just three hours away, so we hopped in Lucas’ car and left Friday afternoon. We had purchased day tickets for Friday and Saturday and were…

newcastle

The sweet friend that is Maaike Kellaway invited us to stay at her family home in Newcastle – home of Britain’s favorite street, Newcastle Brown Ale, and BILLY ELLIOT! It was absolutely one of my favorite places that we’ve been this entire year. Newcastle is in the north of England, near the sea, so we got…

london layovers

We booked our Marrakech weekend through easyJet‘s list of inexpensive holiday packages, which include airfare and accommodation. It did mean we had 8 hours between flights to kill, but luckily, Gatwick is a 30-minute train ride to downtown London. Layover 1 Once we landed in Gatwick, we headed to the Left Luggage department. Here, you can leave…

toulouse haunts

Back when I was still new to the city, I made a post about some of my favorite Toulouse cafes. Now that we’re approaching our 10-month mark, I’ve had the chance to discover even more favorites.

marrakech

There is no “easing in” to this city. Upon arrival, your senses are overwhelmed by the colors, the smells of food stalls, the sounds of motorbikes, and the heat. Dan and I arrived close to midnight and were guided down winding, unnamed streets to our riad. We had to hunker through a low tunnel to…