Wednesdays– What I Love About Where I Live: Crossings

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I have a long list of things I love about where I live, and a mental checklist of illustrative pictures I’d like to take… But something has leapt to the forefront and I can hardly think about anything else today, I am so excited. We have booked a (very) last-minute trip across the Channel! Even after our last visit to France, I still cannot believe this is even possible. At this point in time, we really are not in a place for big trips or vacations– we are still recovering from a financially disastrous year. We certainly never would have taken our trip to Turkey were it not completely covered by Jeff’s work, which was amazing. We understand that now is a time to buckle down, enjoy our home and all of this stability, and be very, very responsible as we take care of grown-up issues. But a girl can dream, right?  And for me, dreaming also means looking up last minute hotel rates, comparing train schedules and prices, and ferry crossings. Once in a while, these things all align for a super cheap trip!

This time, we’ll be taking three days, and we will land in Dunkirk, France. We’ll spend a whole day in nearby coastal villages, and of course I’ll be doing another major supermarket run (the savings on food are also a great way to justify taking the trip!)  The next day, we will drive into nearby Belgium and spend the day… not sure where!  Brugge is less than an hour from where we’ll be, and I have a particular love for coastal towns, so we’ll likely do some of both that day. On the third day, we will have until noon before we need to be on our ferry again, so I am guessing we’ll be looking for an open market in a nearby town. And, it goes without saying that we will be doing a lot of eating. A whole LOT of that.

It is kind of mind boggling for me (still!) that this is an option. British people travel everywhere. Taking vacations is just part of life, and most Brits I meet have been everywhere in Europe! I love this about England, and I am particularly happy to be living on the Southeastern coast, where crossing the Channel is relatively easy and affordable. I am feeling super fortunate, and of course look forward to sharing all about it with you soon!

What do you love about where you live?

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15 Responses to Wednesdays– What I Love About Where I Live: Crossings

  1. Jenny June 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    How exciting! Can’t wait to hear all about it. You should definitely visit Brugge. It is an absolute delight! One of our very favourite places ever. The waffles, the french fries, the chocolate . . . horse drawn carriage rides on cobblestone streets . . . the architecture. Such a wonderful spot. Enjoy your time together!

    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks Jenny! I had heard it was really cutesy, and was concerned it would look like Disneyland– but you are right, it’s really cool! We loved it. Pictures to come!

  2. Marisa June 7, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Oh my goodness you lucky thing you!! I am SO excited for you and can’t wait to see the loot you come home with. It is certain to be bountiful. And hope you just soak up every minute while you are on the continent (isn’t that fun to say by the way) as it has such a different air or energy than the UK – at least to me. Are you going this weekend? Have a wonderful time!

    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      You are right, Marisa, that it feels completely different from the UK. I’m not sure exactly why (even just across the Channel on the coast of France) but it does, and I love it. It feels great to be in a new environment… And, there’s always the FOOD.

  3. Rebecca June 7, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I hope you guys have an amazing time – it sounds so deserved. I was just looking back at old posts and read your summary of 2011. Wow! That was one brutal year. I’m so glad you guys came out the other end in a great place. I look forward to browsing more of your blog history.

    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Yes, Rebecca, that was a little crazy back there! Things sometimes feel a little dull around here, just because we’re not used to this sort of stability… But it’s great to be able to choose our adventures at this point, rather than just going along with the rollercoaster!

  4. Amanda June 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I’m so excited for you! And excited that I get to come along for the ride… from my dull, drab desk here in Atlanta… yuck. I really like hearing about the ups and downs of your experiences, and I aspire to one day be able to follow in your footsteps!


    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Amanda, I am so sorry for your dull desk. I will do my best to live it up for you. Also, I do get bored here, too. And then there’s the weather. Ugh. Enjoy your sunshine! Also, I’m sure you’ll get over here someday!

  5. Cupcake Crazy Gem June 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Ooh Lucky, you absolutely must go to Bruges – it is the quaintest cutest place and the food is amazing! Gorgeous little chocolate box shops everywhere! and you simply must go to ‘The Old Chocolate House’ – they have the best hot chocolate in the world…order the ‘all in’. You get an enormous mug of hot milk and a little chocolate barrel on the side filled with chocolate discs that you submerge in the milk to make one tasty drink, you also get a ton of little biscuits, brownies and cakes around the side to eat with it, it’s heavenly! and if you love the coast then you should check out ‘Den Haan’ in Belgium, we hired those cool buggy bikes thing to cycle around the cute town and the beach was lovely too. If you add me on facebook ‘Gem Braithwaite’ you can check out my pics to convince you…as I went there a few years back before I had the blog! Have fun!

    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Gem– I am SO glad you stopped by and shared your recommendations! No convincing needed here– I read your comment the day before we went to Belgium, and we decided to go to De Haan, and had such a great time there. Thank you SO much! Pictures coming…

  6. Great Scott June 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    So excited for you three! Have an amazing time – you deserve it!!!!

    • Ariana June 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Sarah, we’re taking you three with us next time!


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