Pardon me, but this post is quite delayed! Life has gotten away from me within past month with a busy work schedule and some more visitors. After two months on the island after my trip home, it was time to leave for some fresh air and a change of scenery. Bry relocated to France this year for a new volleyball contract with CVB52, in Chaumont, and it didn’t take me long to book my flights to visit. The french wine and cheap, amazing cheese was too good to resist!
After an early morning flight and nap, Chaumont was only a 2 hour train from Paris. Everything arrived and left on time, except for my luggage (I’ve forgiven them for that now) and I was in Chaumont by mid-afternoon. The majority of the time was spent walking around the small town (village?) of Chaumont, eating cheap cheese (some good, some weird) and spending time at their local watering hole for Belgium beers: Ze Boc.
The main event of the weekend was Bry’s home opener. Another girlfriend and I got to the gym 30 minutes before the start and there weren’t any seats left… we knew we were in for a treat. We reluctantly sat on the stairs, which turned out to be more comfy than the seats. The game was jam packed, as well as the Fanatic section across the gym… at some points we couldn’t even talk to one another!
The following day, Bry and I drove to Dijon for the day. We stopped by the first tourist stop (for me at least): IKEA!!!! Good thing I don’t live in Chaumont, or else I would have done some damage in there. Bryan, however, stayed composed and only purchase two on-sale wine glasses at the very end. How he did that with his girlfriend weaving in and out of bedroom and livingroom displays is impressive to say the least. Anyways, back to Dijon. It is a very cute city, especially the old town streets and market squares. We stopped into a couple stores to sample the mustards and had a nice wine and charcuterie board lunch in a cozy cafe. We did a lot of walking around to see the city and took our time doing so. We ended the day at a vegan restaurant to get our daily greens dose and to help us get over the Belgian beers we indulged in the night before.
On my way through Paris the next day, I met up with my old highschool friend, Tommy! We grabbed some lunch by the Arc du Triomphe and condensed the last five years of our lives into a hour chat. So good to bump into an old friend in a huge city like Paris… especially coming from Wilcox, Saskatchewan!
This trip to France was full of a bit of everything: relaxing time, home cooking, new food and drinks, exploring new cities and meeting new and old friends. Of course, I didn’t leave without my mustard samples and without booking my flights to France for Christmas! [Cue Christmas music here] – Oops, Christmas music before November 29th!?!.. Sorry, Dad!
Next stop visit to France will be for Christmas – Lyon and Annecy! xox