Tag Archives: France

An Exchange to Remember!

Waiting for your kids to come home from an overseas trip is nerve wracking.  Although you know an exchange experience is a great for them – the fact they are over 7000 km away makes it tough.  I guess this is something we will have

Fantastic French Food!

Food, glorious food! In France, there is a huge focus on food and Zoe and I had the chance to try many delicious French dishes while on our exchange.  We enjoyed crepes, quiche lorraine, tartiflette, and crème brûlée, to name a few.  For me, the

Our French Speaking Experience

Have you ever gone to a foreign country where the primary language is not your own and tried to live like a local?  This is exactly what Mikhaila and I did as part of our language exchange, and it is not as easy as you

A Photographer’s Dream

During our exchange, we had the opportunity to travel around Annecy and visit nearby towns.  The views and scenery were absolutely gorgeous!  These towns are often missed by tourists because people normally visit the larger cities and regions such as Paris, the French Riviera, and

Bern, The City For Wanderers…

During the second week of our French exchange, we went on a tour to visit some small cities around France.  Since we were right by the border, we decided to stop in Bern, Switzerland so that we could practice our French and learn about a new city

Another Birthday Abroad!

Happy birthday to me!  I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate my past birthdays in different countries all over the world, including Ireland, Peru, and Costa Rica.  This year I had the incredible experience of celebrating my 16th birthday in France while on an exchange.  

Don’t You Want To Sail Away…

Our first week of our French exchange was so much fun!  From Monday to Friday, Mikhaila, Zoe, Juline, Clelia, and I were in a rowing and sailing summer camp in Annecy Lake, right up the street from Jacques and Virginie’s house.  In the morning we learned

All About Annecy!

After spending seven hours in an airplane, it was a relief to land  and meet up with the Lenoble family.  Although we were a bit nervous about travelling without our parents and pretty jetlagged, we were excited to start our French adventure!    The family

Let the Independent Adventure Begin!

It was only two short years ago when we first met the LeNoble family from Annecy, France.  Virginie, Jacques, Zoe and Juline were spending three weeks in Beijing, China.  We just happened to stay at the same awesome hutong. Our families both had two daughters and we

Vimy Ridge… 100 Years Later

“It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade.  I thought then… that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation.” This is the famous quote by Brigadier-General Alexander Ross talking about Canada’s role in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during

Europe Bound – On our way to Vimy!

As some of you may know, this year is Canada’s 150th birthday.  What some of you may not know, is that April, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place during World War 1.  To celebrate these two important anniversaries, my

Make Sure to Remember

Last year while on our trip to Northern France and Belgium, Mikhaila and Zoe created the following tribute for our Canadian heroes. Make sure to remember.

Global Fieldtrip Night – Engaging Europe!

What do France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all have in common?  They are all amazing places to visit and were featured in our most recent Global Fieldtrip Night – Engaging Europe! Back in September we presented our first Global Fieldtrip night featuring the Uplifting UK, and

Global Fieldtrip Night – Announcing Engaging Europe!

Our last Global Fieldtrip Night – Uplifting UK, was a great success with almost 40 people from different parts of our blogosphere attending an enjoyable evening of food and photos.  If you’re interested in viewing our photo slideshow, you can check it out here: Preparations are

Charming Collioure!

On our way to Barcelona, Spain, we had the wonderful opportunity to stop along the Mediterranean coast and enjoy a couple of days in charming Collioure, France. Our friends Kim and Denis purchased a beautiful flat here last year and it is incredible! It’s located