Our Route

I used MapMyRun to track our progress for the trip. It worked pretty well most of the time. There were a few days that I either forgot to turn on the software or I forgot to save them thus I missed a few segments of the tracks. I downloaded the tracks from the MapMyRun website…

Final Thought

[from Bryden] I really liked my trip to Europe. It was not only fun but also relaxing. But I still did not like some parts of the trip. The parts I liked was I could see a bunch of different buildings. I liked all the old buildings and castles although they kinda creeped me out…

Crepes 

[from Logan] Crepes are so yummy. I like crepes because they have very good tastes. My favorite flavor is nutella. A love crepe because it is sweet and I am the sweet monster. I hope I can make my own crepe at home because I like crepe. If I can see them make it I…

Chocolate 

[from Kadia] The Swiss chocolate with the cool wrappers.  Mint Chocolate 🙂 Coffee Chocolate two pics above: some chocolate we got at the cheese market in Gouda.  colored pencil shaped chocolate all the different types of chocolate we tried at Europe were so unique and different. There were interesting flavors that we would never find in…

Rooster

[from Bryden] France feels like home to me because I’m a “rooster,” and the rooster is the French national symbol. I can’t believe that some of their sport jerseys have rooster designs on them. There’re roosters on weather vanes of church steeples. There’re road signs and statues of roosters on the road and rooster figurines…

Watching Olympics

[from Logan] We watched Olympics in 2 countries in Europe. The 2 counties were Italy and Switzerland. The Olympics are so fun to watch because they are very cool. Even I don’t understand what they said, I still liked to watch all of those sports because they work hard. My favorites are fencing and diving…

Churches and Religion

There are lots of churches in Europe. Every town seems to have one of them (often a lot more) and it is usually the tallest building as well and some of them double as clock towers. Some churches are called cathedrals and some basilicas. I didn’t know the difference so I look them up and…

Saint-Malo

Compare to Vitre, Saint-Malo was bustling with tourists filling up its streets, shops and restaurants. It’s much larger and better developed. And more importantly, it had beaches!  The first sign of its popularity was when we first arrived to get parking. Every parking lot was full and cars just lined up to wait for someone…

Family “drama”

The family sitting behind me on the flight to SFO had 3 kids. The boy constantly complained  about his sunglasses being taken away by dad, and was fighting with his sister for no obvious reasons, while mom and dad kept telling him to stop, to stay quiet. Sounded so familiar. Almost a carbon copy of a…

Fauville-en-Caux

Fauville-en-Caux was a quiet old town with many surprises. We arrived in the evening looking for the house we were staying at for 2 nights. Passing though narrow streets, old buildings and an impressive town church, I started to wonder what kind of place was in store for us. From the Airbnb pictures, the house…

Chateaux

[from Kadia] The royal kings and queens must have had all the power and resources at their disposal to build extravagant chateaux and to collect the best paintings and artifacts of their times for their homes. Looking at these architectural marvels, one would wonder how many people and how long it took, 500 years ago,…

Vitre

Vitre is relatively less touristy. It’s calm, very old, and deserted on a Tuesday. The medieval towers and stone walls have almost a century of history written all over.   The people here are friendly. An elderly couple greeted us on the street, asked us where we came from. They had two young family members…