Sometimes the best way to chase away the blues is to take a trip down memory lane.
One of the most memorable experiences of my life was my trip to Southern France with some friends. It is definitely an experience I will never forget.
We traveled down in a motor home, so the trip itself took 3 days. We could have made it in 2, but we were in no hurry. We had a minor breakdown along the way, but we made it part of our vacation by staying at a cute little hotel (which was famous with the locals for it’s amazing food), going blueberry picking and enjoying the sites of rural Germany.
After a good nights sleep and a bufet breakfast, we were ready for the next leg of the trip. This part involved traveling through the Swiss Alps – and yes, they are as beautiful as everyone says they are (unfortunatly I wasn’t the good blogger then that I am today, so I don’t have any photographic evidence – you’ll just have to take my word for that one).
By the time the evening rolled around we made it to Italy. We decided to spend the evening/night on the beach – swimming, grilling, and relaxing – it was just what we needed after a long day of driving and being stuck in a moving vechicle
In the spirit of a true vacation we had a “glass” of Rose with dinner.
Other memorable Italian experiences included genuine gelato and lots of sleep 😛
In France we met up with some old time friends. We had dinner, and I had a french cheese salad (which had more cheese then salad) and escargo (snails) in a garlic butter sauce. Definitely the experience of a lifestime 😛
Other memorable experiences included – an evening in an apartment overlooking the Riviera with live music playing below.
French cheese and wine as an appertizer… and 11 PM pizza as dinner.
Funny story, my friends and I thought the crackers and cheese were “supper” so we ate our fill of that (I think we must have demolished 3 blocks of cheese). We were totally surprised by the pizza when it arrived at 11 PM. Apparently for the locals it’s not that rare of an occurance to eat dinner that late. Oh well, we live and learn.
The next few weeks included lots of time at the beach,
Multiple meals out:
Trying new foods:
Goat cheese and fig jam – the most amazing combo in the world
Lots of Rose wines
Strong French espresso
Champagne on a 5 star yhat while watching a world wide fire-cracker competition
Fresh french baguettes and croissonts
An everday staple – hot baguettes from the local bakeries
And the occasional breakfast treat
Gorgouse countryside (at times I honestly felt like I stepped into a movie)
Countless wonderful memories.
And most importantly – a much healthier, happier me
Thinking back on times like these reminds me of how free and happy I used to be. I didn’t worry so much about what I was putting in my mouth, because I was much too busy living life. It also reminds me just how beautiful life can be. It’s an unending adventure full of exitment and new experiences. And I’m determined to get back to that place 🙂
Some days you need to have rough days so you can appreciate the good ones.
And sometimes all you need to remember is that the darkest hour is just before dawn – and cling to that thought like it was your only lifesaver.
La vita e Bella 🙂
What was the most memorable trip of your life?
Do you take trips down memory lane when you’re feeling down?