Friday, November 04, 2011

Always playing catch-up


I think I need more schedules and time management in my life. I feel like I get so much more done when I am super busy with all kinds of deadlines and commitments! I used to be so productive and involved and creative in college, when I had no time for anything, and now I'm lucky if I make it to the gym and do the dishes a few times a week. OK, so I can blame it on the baby, but really she's not that much of a time suck compared to other babies, I just get sucked into the internet or a tv show and then I'm comfy and don't feel like putting away laundry or updating the blog. This shouldn't be work; and it's not, really, but it still takes time and effort.

Anyway, Fridays are going to be "Update the Blog" day! Mondays will be "Put away laundry" day but we'll see how that goes; I think the former will be easier to stick to!

In September we had our first Family Vacation. We drove from here in Wiesbaden down to Zurich and then through Italy to the French Riviera the next day. While long, the drive was beautiful (especially Switzerland and the French/Italian coast!) and the baby was very well behaved.

We hit traffic coming into Zurich so we didn't have much time to explore the city, but we took a nice walk down to the lake then had drinks with friends after a quick dinner.


Driving through Switzerland it was tunnel after tunnel, including a 22 kilometer long one! Gorgeous views though.



We knew about the toll-sticker needed to drive through Switzerland, but we had no idea that we would pay twice that in tolls to drive through Italy and France! We spent something like 150 Euro JUST on tolls, and then there was gas to buy and parking to pay for.. Next time we will FLY to France!

We stayed at a nice little family-owned place in Juan-les-Pins, on the cheaper side of the Antibes penninsula. We didn't get to do much, but even so our day and a half of sand and sun, art, and great food really recharged us! Almost enough to counteract the brain-numbing effects of the 15 hour trip home.

Most of these were taken from the terrace of the Picasso Museum, which was lovely.






We rented spots on the beach (Helios Plage) with loungers and an umbrella. It was quite expensive but worth it. You could ever order drinks and food right on the beach! Mimi spent her time napping and playing with Daddy in the water; her first time in the sea!


OMG the pastries were so delicious! Our hotel was right around the corner from this wonderful little bakery, and we would buy our breakfast there in the mornings. Little chouquettes (profiteroles rolled in sugar), croissants, eclairs, and raspberry tarts with custard! They taste even better eaten in warm morning light by the sea :)

Monaco, seen from a rest stop on the way home

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