Friday, January 30, 2015

June 2013: France Tour Part III

Cherry tree in front of the yellow building

Chateau de la Cour Grand Cru in  Saint-Emilion: The second wine tasting. The cherry tree was filled with very red, pretty, and tasty cherries. This was my favorite lunch even though it was just picnic-style fare and light. In front of me was the vast field of grapevines, to the far left a cherry tree, and above me the sun, which came out after the rain that morning. A nice wind accompanied everything. I really love the weather after a rain shower.

Not sure where this was. The tour passed by this place. I thought the roses growing along the door would make a wonderful photo-op so I snapped it! :)

My first macaron ever, and in France no less. A nice couple on our tour bought a bunch of macarons and shared it. :)

At the train station to take a train to go further up north. It was a great break for our tour bus driver. :) Also, my second-ever macaron. I don't think I can eat macarons from anywhere else now... France, you've spoiled me!

Passing by another lovely town to get to our next destination: our hotel!

I'm so glad a fellow tour member told me to come over and smell these pretty roses. They smelled exactly like rosewater! So fragrant and sweet~

My mom and her friend's room.
My dad and my room.

Beautiful red roses.

Isn't this bunny cute? I admit, I was super tired and it took me a while to realize it was a bunny...

Look how green and lush everything is!!!

The hotel we stayed at before going off somewhere the next day. For the first time on this trip, we had GOOD baguette! Shamelessly, we asked for a ton during dinner and lunch. Surprisingly, good baguette is super hard to find in France. Baguette is usually so hard here! :(

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Friday, January 23, 2015

June 2013: France Tour Part II

Unfortunately, I'm not sure where this place is. The tour only stopped in this place for lunch and a break. The house is charming, no?

Amarillo ice cream in Toulouse: Toulouse was a cute college town. The night we arrived, there was a music festival. As you probably guessed, of course the college students were drinking, BUT no fights ensued! And the next day EVERYTHING was still clean and there weren't any broken windows! They're really responsible people. Over here, you can bet there'll be arrests, fights, and broken windows. :(

Another place I don't know the name of. We passed by this town on our way to our next destination. I love French towns. They look so quaint! I'd love to explore them more.

Gourdes: A town built from a mountain/cliff! There's a hawk or eagle flying above it. :)

Rocamadour: A town built onto a cliff/mountain. I think it's well-known for having this church and the resting place of a religious figure. I didn't really pay to the tour guide this day since I was more interested in taking pictures. There's another hawk or eagle flying over the monastery. (At least I think it's a monastery...)

On the way to the next destination. :)

Sarlat-la-Caneda: I think this town is known for pate and foie gras. I got one pate and foie gras from here and it was pretty good! Very expensive though. I swear this dog knew people were photographing him so he just kept posing. What a diva! :P

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Monday, January 19, 2015

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June 2013: France Tour Part I

I decided to post some choice photos from my tour of France that I took back in June 2013. I miss France! Not all cities/towns I visited will be posted. There will be several parts to this series because I took a lot of photos!

Chateau Eza in Eze: This dessert made a strong impression on me, and I remember its flavors even now. It was crisp, subtly sweet, and amazingly refreshing on an 80+ F day. 

Casino Monte Carlo in Monaco: My second time in Monaco, but I believe my first seeing the casino.

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Hostellerie Le Chateau was a charming restaurant overlooking a very pure river. The chef, Michel, was friendly and we found out that the old woman who took care of the money was his mother, the waitress his wife, and the waiter his son. The chef plans to pass down the restaurant to his son. The restaurant was the chef's house when he was growing up. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is known for its extremely pure and translucent green waters. There's a "fountain of youth" here that we visited.

Chateau Mont-Redon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Our first wine tasting.

Nimes: Probably my favorite city/town I visited. It's so charming! It was too bad I couldn't spend more time here. :(

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My Resolutions for 2015

- Do my best to try to be happy.

- Accept what I have (perhaps subconsciously) decided to pursue in life.

- Continue to surround myself with people who care about me (particularly about my health and happiness).

- Continue to not care about what people say, even if they are relatives.

- Beef up my resume!!! Volunteer hours and more extracurriculars!

- Don't be afraid to join my college's fencing club.

- Make more friends at this college. (It's still hard for me to adapt to this different set of people even after transferring a year ago.)

- Learn how to use a camera well in order to take good pictures.

- Keep writing good memories in my journal. Don't slack off!

- Learn French to become fluent (thank goodness that I'm taking French 1 at my college this semester!) and Japanese (during my free time).

- Try to minor in French (and delay graduation and work! Yeah!).

- Gain/repair my self-confidence.

- Practice driving... Whoops.

- Make sure to keep my end goal in mind at all times.