I've heard dozens of Will's stories about his childhood and was finally able to put images with all the places he has told me about. We stopped by his hometown of Besançon, which is a few hours north of Lyon and near the border of Switzerland. We drove by the small town he grew up in, saw the hospital he was born in, the home his parents built, his kindergarden and elementary schools, and all the bike paths and play areas he used to go with his brother.
At the top of the city is a giant wall that goes along the entire hill. At the top there is a museum and zoo overlooking the whole city.
We walked instead of driving up the hill, and regretted it once we saw how many steps there were to climb!
I loved seeing the place where Will was raised and learning more about another French city. :)
Strasbourg France - "The Capital of Christmas"
There's no better place to be at Christmas time than at the "Capital of Christmas". I've dreamed of visiting the Alsace region of France for a long time, and I'm so happy we decided to go at Christmas time. The streets were magically at night with the decorations and lights. Strasbourg also has one of the largest and best Christmas markets in Europe. We had a wonderful time exploring the small city and checking out all the small booths and Christmas treats. It was magical!
Overall, 2018 was a great year, the best we've had in France. The theme of our year would have probably been travel and adventure. We spent time in 6 different countries, 4 that were new to both of us. We also tried a lot of fun new things, made new friends, and grew with old ones. Thankful for another year and excited for all the exciting things we have planned for 2019! Below is a photo video of all our favorite moments!
We had an awesome December, made up of all the best Christmas things. We spent Christmas Eve celebrating with Will's family, Christmas morning with just the 2 of us, and Christmas evening with wonderful friends who are also in Lyon.
Can you tell we took these Bengals pictures before the season started? I think our faces would look much different if we took them this week. We're still watching the games every week even though it's a total disaster.
We really enjoyed the beautiful city of Luzern/Lucerne, despite the constant rain and cold. Unfortunately, we ended up cutting our trip short because the rain wasn't planning on stopping! We definitely plan to go back to Luzern when there is nicer weather, especially since we were unable to see the mountains. Even though it was gloomy, we still really enjoyed the lake, the delicious chocolate, and the beautiful city streets.
Switzerland has been on my bucket list for a while! Somehow it took almost 3 years to get there, even though we're just a 2 hour drive from the border. We visited the beautiful city of Bern. It's a small city with a great view of the mountains. This was Will and I's first experience being in a city with German as the main language. It definitely made it interesting navigating our way around the city and trying to read signs. It was a little chilly, but the beautiful fall colors made up for the temperature.
We had a great end of our summer in Lyon, spent enjoying fun adventures, city walks, and delicious food. I love this beautiful city!
Will and I had the chance to visit Bruges Belgium when we were in the north of France visiting his family. We spent a day in the little city enjoying all the wonderful things that come with a different European culture. It is a beautiful city with delicious chocolate!
Here are a few pictures from our time in Paris at the end of June.