William and I are always looking for a new adventure... This past weekend it was a 4 mile hike up a mountain with a beautiful view of the Alps at the top. We enjoyed the exercise, being in nature with God's amazing creation, and the wonderful sunshine and warm temperatures! I love the city life, but very much enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside every once in a while too. Joey had a blast as well!
Last weekend William had a basketball game in Monaco, so we decided to spend the weekend with his parents in the south to make the most of the time being there. We stayed in Menton France, which is right outside of Monaco, and very close to Italy. It's a beautiful little town. We had a great time enjoying the sea (the brightest bluest water i've ever seen!), the sunshine, and relaxing in warmer temperatures. There's just something amazing about being in this type of atmosphere... I wish we could be in the south more!
I'm very late in posting about our trip to Germany in December. We really enjoyed our time in Freiburg. We ate delicious flammekueche (we always try to eat local food when visiting new cities and countries) and enjoyed walking the streets of this cool little city. We were only there for a day, as it was a stop to get to the Alsace region of France.
Colmar took a piece of my heart within minutes of getting there... I felt like I was living in my favorite Disney Princess movie, Beauty and the Beast. It is a small little city in the Alsace region with the dreamiest streets and buildings, especially with all the Christmas decor!
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.
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.