Monday, August 27, 2012

The Best Summer of My Life

My husband and travel buddy - Amboise, France
I am almost in disbelief about my own life the past few months, as it has been so amazingly awesome. I keep having these, "...how am I so lucky..." moments that I am quite enjoying, I will admit. 

Because my husband and I work in the film industry, we were able to take a long break from work, upon finishing our latest project. It lasted from the beginning of May through the beginning of August.  (I am actually still on this sabbatical, though the hubs is back to the grindstone.) We decided to use this time to take a 2.5 month trip across the pond. We spent time with my husband's family in England, took a road trip in an RV through France and into Italy, had a week on the island of Cyprus, visited NYC and then made a stop in Pennsylvania to visit some of my family. It was...incredible - truly a trip of a lifetime. 

While I could go on forever about everything we saw and did, that would be beyond boring. Instead, here are a few of the thousands of pictures that we took. I think it gives a good glimpse into some of what we have been up to. 


Our home away from home. We explored France & Italy in this beauty.



Le Chateau du Clos Luce - home & death place of Leonardo da Vinci - Amboise, France
 
Drawings done by da Vinci on his bedroom wall - Amboise, France
Death bed of Leonardo da Vinci - Amboise, France

Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Back Garden - Amboise, France
Amboise Royal Castle

Chateau de Chenonceau - Built in 1430s and home of Catherine de Medici - Loire Valley, France

Another view of Chateau de Chenonceau

One of the many fireplaces in Chateau de Chenonceau. Imagine cooking in that!

Royal Bedroom in Chateau de Chenonceau with original linens and wall tapestries

Street view of small town called Sommieres in France. Town was established in 1248!

Window shutters in Sommieres, France. These window coverings are all over the place in France, in different shades of pastels, and they enchanted me the entire time.

Main town square, filled with cafes - Sommieres, France

Rooftop view - Sommieres, France

Pont du Gard - Roman Aqueduct from the 1st century AD - near Remoulins, France


Macaroons in every color and flavor - Cannes, France

The most amazing cheese shop I've ever seen in my life. The entire store was refrigerated. Cannes, France.

The French know cheese - that is all I can say. Cannes, France.

Beach view - Cannes, France

Me (front and center), swimming in the Mediterranean - Cannes, France

Gorgeous street view of Cannes

The cutest little street - Cannes, France

The prettiest restaurant I have ever seen in my life - Cannes, France

Palace at Monaco. I loved this because it is still lived in by the royal family.

Amazingly gorgeous homes facing the palace in Monaco

Monaco - one of the most incredible places I have ever been. It is on a whole other level.

Italian Piazza - Torino, Italy

Street View - Torino, Italy

The most insane coffee I have ever had. I don't even know how to describe it's deliciousness. It was rich, chocolaty, foamy, creamy heaven. Caffe Torino - Piazza San Carlo - Torino, Italy

The Alps - Along the French/Italian border

My in-laws vacation home where we spent one glorious week - Pissouri, Cyprus

Another view of the house - Pissouri, Cyprus

Ruins of a Roman amphitheater - Paphos, Cyprus

Ruins of a Roman house - Paphos, Cyprus

Ridiculously amazing chicken kabobs. I don't know what they did to this chicken, but it was one of the best meals I had the entire trip - Paphos, Cyprus

Beautiful view from a hilltop in Cyprus

Watching the sun go down while swimming in the in-law's pool - Pissouri, Cyprus

Extremely cluttered and dusty antique shop - Nicosia, Cyprus

Haloumi, which is a Greek cheese that you grill. It. Is. Out. Of. This. World. Pissouri, Cyprus

My darling husband, strolling a beach in Abersoch, Wales where he spent many summers as a young boy

Beautiful Welsh coastline and sky

My Father-in-law's house. Beyond charming. Northern Wales.

The infamous Tower of London. I loved this place. A tourist trap that is totally worth it.

Tower Bridge - Getting ready for the Olympics - London, England

Back state-side. It was my 7th or 8th time in NYC but my husband's 1st, so we checked out all of the wonderful and classic New York things to see.

Stunning old home near where my Mom grew up. I love Pennsylvania so much! New Hope, PA

And there you have it - a smattering of some of the places I have been this summer. I am still feeling deliciously enchanted by all of it, and I cannot wait to get back to Europe in the future. But, in the meantime, I am trying to just reflect on this trip and how thankful I am. Dan and I will always remember it so fondly. Even though the real world is slowly settling back in, I cannot help but be reminded that life can be so, so wonderful. 

6 comments:

  1. Wow Jocie- that looks incredible. I am beyond jealous. I love Dan's UK life! His homes and vacation homes and RV... I want. Amazing you have seen all of these things in person. Cherishable indeed.

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  2. Wow looks like an amazing summer. And you got to see some really kool places. I must say the picture of those chicken kebabs have made me quite hungry now!! lol

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  3. wow it sounds looks like a truly amazing time!!! Those are some gorgeous places you travelled to.

    -V
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  4. Ok, what I was going to say has to be preceeded by two other things. First, great trip. Second, your husband looks like he should play James Bond, not that he's hot or anything (blushing). Last, what prompted me to pick this post to leave a comment was to tell you I hope in 30 years you are still having those 'why am I so lucky' moments.
    I still am.

    ~Bliss~

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  5. Wow that was a trip of a lifetime - it looked fabulous!

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  6. Um....wow. No words! Must see the rest of your pictures....

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