Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hiking through an ocean?

So this week most of the C & B staff are off. So instead of sitting on our asses all week doing nothing; me and 3 other friends went hiking today. When I got up this morning it was a nice clear morning with no rain and not cold at all. But I packed my rain coat in case and a pair of clothes because you never know and being in guiding I am always prepared. But when we got to the start point it rained. And looking at the path I thought I'd be totally fine with my runners and I was until the descent. Now one friend we were doing this with and already been on this hike the previous week so he knew where he was going. So we followed him (and the path lol) up to the top of the "mountain" (it was in between a large hill and a mountain so I am not quite sure what to call it.) So we made it up and it was so foggy on top you couldn't see anything. So we decided to descent but we didn't follow the path down, oh no we went the adventurous way down the side of the mountain following the river. Now I do have to say I agreed to this because it was fun but my poor feet! I was wearing my runners with my sport pants. The ground was so wet and there were so many mud puddles that went knee deep on me and the amount of times we crossed that river was ridiculous! We had so much fun but I was soaked! So on the way back home, the friend that came with us and graciously drove gave me her wellies and another pair of socks to wear home in her car so we didn't make a mess lol! It was a really fun day and I am very excited for the rest of my week off. I've got big plans that you'll get to hear about next week!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bonjour Tout le monde

Bonjour Tout le Monde,
I am back for Paris! I had a lovely time with my family exploring Paris. First thing we did when the train docked was scope out crepes! I think we must of had 1-2 crepes per person each day! So once we checked into our hotel room, we headed down to a cute little place called Pomme Rouge and indulged ourselves in crepes. We then took the metro and went for a little stroll to see the magnificent Tour de Eiffel all lit up. We then rode a carousel and just mosied around. The next morning we went to the Eiffel Tour to actually go up and due to the weather you weren't allowed to go to the top nor could you walk up. So I was a little disappointed but I didn't let it ruin my day. In total we saw the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysee, Arc du Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Seine River. Then we spent the whole next day in Versailles which is absolutely phenomenal! I loved it! All the history and the rooms and the beautiful grounds! I plan to go back in the spring do I can see Marie Antoinette's Hamlet. That's closed during the winter hours. Then we made our way to a cute little area of Paris called Monmontre and it has one of the most amazing churches ever, and even better view of Paris and tonnes of cute little shops and eateries. I loved Paris and cannot wait to go back in the spring time!