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December 7, 2006

Back but oh so busy

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Social Subjects,Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:09 pm

I just wanted to post a short note to say that I am back from my trip but I am too busy to write.  My trip to Mexico was great but way too short.  I will try to get some pictures up sometime in the near future to show you a little of what it looked like. 

Since I have been back it has been non-stop for me.  My sister Linda is visiting from London, England (yeeeeeehaw!!!!) and we have been trying to fit in some visiting around our work schedules so our evenings have been pretty busy.  It is awesome to have her here though and I will gladly give up some sleep to spend time with her.

I will try to get back to posting next week and give you all an update on what is going on in the wacky world of Gwen these days.

Don’t desert me just yet – I promise entertaining tales and interesting topics will be seen here once again in the near future.

November 25, 2006

Hola Mexico

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 6:21 pm

I’m not exactly sure how, but I made it through one heck of a week and now I am just getting some final things sorted out before I head off to bed to get some rest before our flight tomorrow.  At 6:10AM tomorrow morning, Jason and I will on our way to sunny Mexico.  I can’t wait – I am in need of vacation!!!  Work has been crazy lately and I am looking forward to just sitting in the sun, relaxing and rejuvenating.

We are headed to Playa del Carmen and my trusty weather source says we are in for lots of sun and temperatures in the high 20s.  Okay, sun, sand and sea – here we come!

November 13, 2006

A travelling I will go…

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 5:46 pm

November is proving to be a pretty busy month for me travel wise.  Next weekend I am headed up north to pay a visit to my home town.  As most of you know, I grew up in Mattawa – a small town in Northern Ontario (well technically it is the “Near North” but hell, it’s up there so let’s just call it Northern Ontario and be done with it). 

At the end of the month to make up for taking a trip to a place that has already had 3 snowstorms this year, I am headed to sunny Mexico.  A week spent relaxing in the sun should be just the thing to end a busy month.  I am really looking forward to it!

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, when I get back, Linda will be here!!!!!  She will be here for almost a whole month and I can’t wait!!!  Oh the fun we will have!!

July 25, 2006

Yuck! Jet lag

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:40 pm

Written July 24

Last night I stayed up until 11:30.  I was hoping that would help get my body back to sleeping at the proper times for Toronto.  Unfortunately I woke up at 4:45AM and had to force myself to lay there until 7AM.  By 6PM tonight I was dragging myself around fighting to keep my eyes open.  France is 6 hours ahead of us so at 6PM my body thought it was midnight and time for bed.  It is now 7:30PM and I am headed to bed – I can’t keep my eyes open any longer…YAWN!  Thank goodness I don’t have to be back in the office until Wednesday.

Wheels up, wheels down, wheels up, wheels down again

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:33 pm

Written July 23

Stage 1A – Drive from Brujas to Montpellier

Stage 1B – Flight from Montpellier to London Gatwick

Stage 2A – Bus from Gatwick to Heathrow

Stage 2B – Flight from London to Toronto

Stage 2C – Drive from airport to my house

It took about 18 hours but I have made it home.  I spent the day in transit and by the time I picked up my luggage at Pearson I was very happy to be home.

[tags]Brujas, Montpellier, Gatwick, Heathrow, London, Toronto, Pearson[/tags]

Last day in France

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:27 pm

Written July 22

To make up for the lack of sleep I have been getting this past week, I decided to sleep in this morning.  I crawled out of bed at about 10:30 and enjoyed a very relaxing morning.  For lunch we headed a wee bit down the road to a friend’s house for a barbeque.  Another day of heat in the high 30s had people headed into the pool between courses.  After lunch I tackled the task of repacking my suitcase and prepping for our departure tomorrow.  Another meal, some alcohol and some conversation and we headed to bed.  I will be in transit for 17 hours tomorrow so this gal has to get some sleep.

55 degrees in the sun

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:22 pm

Written July 21

This morning Linda, Nicolas’ mother and I headed out to walk to the market in the neighbouring town of Barjac.  Even at 8AM it was sweltering hot but getting out and doing some exercise felt good after sitting in a car for 4 days.  After an hour and a bit we reached our destination.  It was a great walk but we were HOT!!  After the market we headed to the pool to escape the heat.  In the afternoon the thermometer showed 55 degrees in the sun.  Talk about hot!!

One last stop before heading home

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:09 pm

Written July 20 

As we left Evian this morning we turned toward Annecy.   The town of Annecy has a canal running through it and is very quaint and has a very European feel to it.  We stopped for lunch and to pick up some fantastic chocolate.  Trust me – it was worth the drive.  The chocolate I bought is absolutely delicious!! 

After lunch we headed for home.  The trip was interesting but to be honest driving over 1700 km in 4 days is a little much.  We saw great things and I got to see parts of two countries I had never been to but we didn’t really have enough time to visit places properly.  I will be going back to visit some of them again though.

[tags]Evian, Annecy, chocolate[/tags]

The eyes of a tourist

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:02 pm

Written July 19 

As we drove through the Alps on our way back to France today I was struck by a thought.  As we rolled along the mountain roads we were greeted by an endless number of villages that were nestled in the valleys surrounded by amazing vistas and I wondered if they appreciated the beauty that surrounded them.  Do any of us appreciate the beauty that can be found in the places where we live?  Or do we just go about our days completely ignoring the beauty around us?  I think we could all stand to look at our hometowns through the eyes of a tourist and to imagine what awes people about the things we see everyday.

We crossed the border back into France in the evening and spent the night in Evian (where the water comes from).  Tomorrow we are headed back to Brujas and our European road-trip will come to an end.

[tags]Alps, tourist, France, Evian[/tags]

Now that’s a lake!!

Filed under: Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 11:51 am

Written July 18

Today we headed to Como.  The drive around Lake Como was absolutely AMAZING!  I really want to go back there and spend some time enjoying the towns around the lake.  We just drove around but the views from the mountain roads around the lake were breathtaking!  We stopped for lunch in Lecco and ate our lunch while looking out over the lake.

After our stop for lunch we headed to the Swiss border.  Our target for the evening was St. Moritz.  Words can’t really explain the beautiful scenery we saw as we drove through the Alps.  Switzerland is beautiful!  We saw glaciers, mountains, beautiful little villages and when we arrived in St. Moritz we were blown away by how cute it is there.  It is very much a skiing town but it is quite busy in the summer as well.  We arrived in time for dinner and took a short walk around the town at night to walk off another huge meal.  Linda and I were hoping to spend some time exploring the next day as well but Nicolas had other plans and so we were actually back on the road again the next morning right after breakfast.  I definitely want to go back there as well.

[tags]Como, Lecco, Lake Como, Switzerland, St. Moritz[/tags]

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