On September 4th, 2010 we flew to London, England to begin the start of our European adventure. We sold our condo, all of our furniture and most of our belongings to head to the UK to start a new life. Ultimately, our plan is to further our careers but we couldn’t help being tempted to travel for our first few months.
When we arrived we rented a short term flat in London but we only stayed a few nights before heading off to Amsterdam. It was a great trip. Lot’s of bicycles, pannenkoeken, and “coffee shops”.
Windmill outside Amsterdam
Dan had a couple of interviews that month up in Aberdeen, Scotland which we flew up for. During that month, we were lucky enough to see Jen and Carrie on their way home from Africa as well as Candice who was over for work. At the end of the month, we had another visitor, Neil, who came over to join in the world airline road race. While Neil was visiting we managed to fit in loads of touristy things to do in London as well as a quick trip over to Paris.
Scenic vineyard across from our Chateau
The month of October we decided to spend in Southern France. We flew to Paris, took the train to Bordeaux, where we spent a week in a beautiful chateau. Everyone kept asking us what our favourite was and this was definitely top of the list. We rented a car and spent the days touring around the wine countryside, stopping in Saint Emilion and Sauternes, both famous towns for their brilliant wines. We also shopped the local markets and enjoyed the amazing fresh selections of veggies, cheese, baguettes and olives. After Bordeaux, we took the train further south through Toulouse and Montpellier to our destination of Avignon. In Avignon, we stayed on a little house boat on the Rhone River. We then stayed Chateauneuf du Pape, another favourite wine region of ours. Next was Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Saint Maxime and lastly a week in Vieux Nice. We also popped over to Italy one morning and stopped in Monaco in the afternoon.
In November, we had a couple more visitors. Jami Scott met us back in London and we had the pleasure of touring Northern England and Scotland with her before heading over to Ireland where we were met by a surprise visitor, Jen. We celebrated my birthday their in true Irish fashion with some live music and Guinness.
After the girls left us we were a little unsure of what to do next… We ended up staying in a hostel for a couple of weeks until we decided it would be fun to fly home for the holidays. A bit of a last minute decision but well worth it after the great time we had visiting with our family and friends!
Just wanted to provide everyone with a quick overview of our first few months over here. Lot’s of travelling, eating and enjoying some fabulous wines. We are both really looking forward to what 2011 has to offer us.