This is number 4 out of five posts in this mini-series about our time in France (here are posts one, two and three). It covers the months of August 2012 through January 2013, and includes trips to London, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Paris and Venice.
These months were not so long ago and the memories are still really fresh! It was wonderful to relive our adventures as I wandered through my archives.
I think I’ll get right to it.
Shortly after our trip, my Grandma Rudi passed away. : (
A few hours after I arrived home from New York, we once again jumped in the car for a spontaneous road trip — this time to Switzerland! Mini report here. Full report here (plus 6 tips for last minute road trips). And don’t forget Swiss stacked wood!
I announced my trip to Ethiopia with #OneMoms. And wrote lots of dispatches and reports from that life changing trip: arrival, one, two, three, four, what happens next, about the medical system, the brand of Ethiopia, plus Ethiopian souvenirs.
My Grandma Lucille died. : (
We mourned with the rest of the world about Hurricane Sandy. We spent another week filming Olive Us episodes. We ate dinner at an Abbey that’s a thousand years old. Spent a Saturday in Paris — including a visit to the Centre Pompidou and a ride on the Ferris Wheel. And prepped for our second Thanksgiving in France.
I shared a third round up of French Pharmacy Picks.
Then, we went to Venice for the Christmas break! We arrived on New Year’s Eve and celebrated with the whole city. We took a gondola ride. We visited the island of Murano. You can read a full report here.
We bought French linens as a souvenir. (The night we found those linens, we attended an art show in Saint Pierre Sur Dives, and happened upon a Christmas market and parade that took our breath away. I never wrote it up. It was one of those experiences that was so special, I wanted to keep it to myself. Sort of hold it in my heart.) We attended our second Kings Cake celebration.
We shared Betty in Paris — it’s the most viewed episode of Olive Us.
I went to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit 2013, which included hanging out with Jessica Alba! What I wore to the conference. Another mini report here. A post about Chris Anderson’s keynote. A post about Stefan Sagmeister’s keynote. A post about the FashionABLE scarf contest at Alt Summit.
And then, I made my way home.
I have to say, that particular set of 6 months really stands out to me as special. The Olympics and Switzerland and Venice were huge highlights among our travels! I imagine I’ll be re-reading this post whenever I’m homesick for our time abroad.