Monthly archive March, 2012
Tuscany Day 5: Siena

Tuscany Day 5: Siena

Our last full day in Tuscany and there is no doubt that we want to spend more time here. We’ve covered a lot of ground but there is still so much we could do. Today our focus is on Siena, but as discussed in an earlier post we are being pulled toward spending more time...
Tuscany Day 4: Chianti

Tuscany Day 4: Chianti

Another day, another enchanted morning at Villa Collina. This morning I drank my espresso sitting in front of the Il Campanile chapel as I watched the sun climb out of the valley below. Our day in Val d’Orcia was amazing, but tiring, so we decided to take it easy at Villa Collina before venturing out...
Tuscany Day 3: Val d'Orcia- Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and Pienza

Tuscany Day 3: Val d’Orcia- Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, and Pienza

Our third day in Tuscany began with an amazing sunrise from the top level master bedroom of our villa. Opening the windows wide we could lean out and hear the quiet, and feel the crisp morning air. While looking out the open windows, I felt connected to another time and place. One thousand years ago...
Tuscany Day 2: Pisa to San Galgano

Tuscany Day 2: Pisa to San Galgano

Twelve hours after arriving in Pisa, we were up and enjoying our second day in Tuscany, fresh-brewed Italian cappuccino’s in hand. Fear not fellow American’s who rely on the consistency factor of Starbucks, if you order a cappuccino in Italy, you get a cappuccino. In France, not so much. After enjoying an Italian style buffet...
Tuscany Day 1: 178 Tunnels to Pisa

Tuscany Day 1: 178 Tunnels to Pisa

After weeks of planning and anticipation, we hit the road to Tuscany on our first overnight road trip since moving to France. We were on the road shortly after 4pm, with our destination set for Pisa- only 390km away. Our goal was to arrive in Pisa before sunset so that we could see the city...
Week 7: Flea Markets, Gardenshops, Shelly, and Le Blanc Manger

Week 7: Flea Markets, Gardenshops, Shelly, and Le Blanc Manger

After weeks and weekends of non stop exploring, week seven turned out to be a much slower week- no major travel plans, no major activities, no major French surprises, and honestly nothing that exciting to report. I think it is safe to say that France is slowly starting to feel more like home and we...
Week 6: Paris-Nice 2012, London in a Flash

Week 6: Paris-Nice 2012, London in a Flash

Six weeks in France are in the books and it seems like only yesterday that we were arriving to a surprisingly snowy Côte d’Azur. The idiom is definitely true: time flies when you are having fun. There is so much to take in, to learn, to do, to see, to eat, to buy, and to share...
How to Travel and/or Move Internationally with an AT&T iPhone

How to Travel and/or Move Internationally with an AT&T iPhone

How to Travel Internationally with an AT&T iPhone (if you must) Having recently moved to France from the United States, I have been forced to deal with international service options for my iPhone 4s and my wife’s iPhone 4.  I’ve had an iPhone since late 2007 and AT&T has always been my service provider. Until...
Week 5: AT&T Sucks, Unlocked iPhones, Monaco, and Italy

Week 5: AT&T Sucks, Unlocked iPhones, Monaco, and Italy

It is very safe to say that I strongly dislike AT&T. I was never a fan of them living in the US, but now that I am overseas I have complete disdain for them. I’ve been to France three times between June 0f 2011 and now, for a total of about 7 weeks, and my AT&T...
Week 4: Fréjus, Roman Ruins, and Earthquakes

Week 4: Fréjus, Roman Ruins, and Earthquakes

Ok, I didn’t really make you wait that long for the real week 4 blog post, only a day or so. Sorry for dragging you through the patience exercise, but I’m hoping you got the point and felt a little of my frustration. Honestly, it is hard to complain when the weather is this beautiful...
Week 4: The Negative Post

Week 4: The Negative Post

One of the most important things I’ve learned about living in France over the past 4 weeks is that you need to have patience- lots of patience. The key to being happy (or not going crazy) is forgetting the American way and instead adjusting to how the French do things. Anytime you try to accomplish...