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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...
Week 3: Gréolières, Skiing, and Warmth

Week 3: Gréolières, Skiing, and Warmth

We’ve completed our third week in France and with it welcomed much warmer temperatures. We’ve exchanged the cold, somewhat dreary days for sunny, blue skies, outdoor lunches, and the ongoing explanation to our kids that the pool isn’t warm enough to swim in yet. We are starting to settle into a somewhat normal routine, with...
Week 2: Voltage Transformers, Patience, Gourdon, and Saint Raphael

Week 2: Voltage Transformers, Patience, Gourdon, and Saint Raphael

It’s hard to believe we have been in France for two weeks now. Although it was a fairly rough start with most of the family becoming ill, we’ve managed to settle in nicely and life in France is starting to be more like we had imagined. I’m still getting through some sinus issues and a...
Week 1: Sick, Sick, Sick, and Snow

Week 1: Sick, Sick, Sick, and Snow

February 1 to February 8, 2012 As I write this, my eyes are filled with tears. Don’t jump to conclusions, these tears aren’t because I am sad and missing Colorado (not yet), but because I have a terrible cold, one of the worst I can remember. I gave it my all, but after being surrounded...
Place Shifting: My Solution to Watching American TV in France

Place Shifting: My Solution to Watching American TV in France

Ever heard of place shifting? Me either. According to Wikipedia, this is the definition of place shifting: Space shifting (or spaceshifting), also known as place shifting (or placeshifting), allows media, such as music or films, which is stored on one device to be accessed from another place through another device. Space shifting is frequently done through computer networks,...