My mom visited France in March! She came for 10 days with one of our neighbors, Mrs. Karen. It was so great to see them and show them around Paris!

The first weekend there were here, we took a day trip to Lille. I loved exploring more of France and Lille was a perfect city to do it in. It’s an adorable French town an hour train ride north of Paris and we definitely enjoyed touring town and the French cuisine. On both train rides, we sat near the same family who have an adorable little boy, which made for fun train rides 🙂

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Sunday, after my handbell group played, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower! It was my first time going up the tower and the view is absolutely spectacular! Somehow our timing was perfect and we saw a rainbow over Paris from the top of the tower 🙂

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That week I had to work, but met my mom and Mrs. Karen each morning for a breakfast of pastries and then again for dinner while they explored Paris during the day. Then it was off to southern France for a weekend in Bordeaux! This was my first time in the southern France and was definitely worth the trip. Bordeaux is full of so much history–you can see ruins of an ancient Roman city. Needless to say, we had a blast learning more about the city. Sunday was filled with shopping, wine tasting, and some more sight seeing before catching our train back to Paris.

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The end of our trip in Bordeaux also marked the end of my mom’s time in France. She and Mrs. Karen headed to the airport later that night for their Monday morning flight back to the States. I had such a great time with them and am so glad they could make the trip to France to spend some time with me!

Just a 2 weeks later, I found myself in southern France again. This time, I was visiting a friend from Elon in Montpellier. We started off the day walking through a market that’s held under roman aqueducts. After that we wandered around downtown to grab a bite to eat before heading to the zoo–my first zoo in France! The zoo was a lot bigger than either of us thought, but it was still so much fun!

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After walking around all afternoon, we headed back into town for some much needed ice cream.  A few lazy hours later, we headed out for dinner. We ended up eating at a pirate restaurant (because why not) where we at next to this guy (sorry photo’s blurry!). And then went to see a movie before calling it a night. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but loving Montpellier!

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Sunday was devoted to the beach. It takes a little bit of time to get there, but is so worth the short trip. The water was absolutely freezing, but being the beach bum that I am, I loved spending the day on the beach and it was the perfect way to spend my last day in Montpellier.

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2 thoughts on “Travels!

  1. Betsy May 5, 2014 / 1:08 am

    So cool Katherine! Happy that your mom and neighbor got to visit with you and explorer right alongside of you.

    Sounds like you are really enjoying your time in France.

    Keep in touch! We have your lovely post card right on our bulletin board as soon as you walk into our center.
    Keep having fun!

    • Katherine Sipple May 8, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      I am definitely loving France & I’m glad that the card arrived safely! I hope all is going well at C3! Thanks so much for keeping up with my blog 🙂

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