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FRANCE | Sunday, 14 October 2007 | Views [595] | Comments [4]



  • When did smelling my clothes become a part of my daily dressing routine?
  • How do Patti’s little chicken legs power her up the hills so fast ?
  • France bathrooms: why no toilet seat and no toilet paper?
  • Beware of crazy shopping carts in Europe. Require more then one person to operate.
  • Were French fries were really invented in Belgium?
  • Why do bike routes signs sometimes mysteriously disappear?
  • Sometimes what seems to be the right path is not and what seems to be the wrong path is.
  • Left is not wrong (but can be dangerous when you’re a cyclist used to riding on the right hand side of the road).
  • The Germans and Belgians we have encountered are far more helpful and friendly than the French we have encountered so far.
  • Belgians speak great English.
  • For every downhill there is an uphill and for every uphill there is a downhill.
  • Most riding days start with an uphill climb.
  • Sometimes the road less travelled is that way for a reason.
  • Waterproof socks keep your feet dry but not your shoes.
  • Things could always be worse.
  • Things always have a way of working out.
  • Nothing is really very old in Canada.
  • When you’re reading a map why does everything is flat?
  • A weather forecast is only an educated guess.
  • 1000 kilometers on a bike is a long way.
  • Roadkill seen from a bike is much more graphic (especially on a slow, long, uphill climb).
  • Germany is full of crazy nut-pickers.
  • Belgians love to ride their bikes.
  • Belgian chocolate rules.
  • We loved Belgium.
  • There are over 500 beers made in Belgium.
  • Wine is best when shared with friends
  • France does not sell Knorr packaged noodles (tough for campers like us).
  • France does sell awesome croissants and baguettes (we know everyone knows this but just wanted to confirm).
  • Even a free breakfast is sometimes not appreciated.
  • The waves on rock beaches make a very cool sound.
  • It’s amazing how easy it is to drop work from your daily routine.
  • People stay close to your heart even when you are a far distance away.
  • Cotton…takes longer to dry but also takes longer to get stinky.
  • When did we start watching Rugby ?

Tags: Philosophy of travel



Have you seen any cute rugby players? The girls need some pics !! haha

  Shannon R Oct 15, 2007 9:26 AM


Hi ladies! I'm really enjoying following along on your trip via this site! Sounds great so far (but lots of hard work)! I love the life lessons above!
Take care.

  Jodi K Oct 16, 2007 4:03 AM


It IS amazing how easy work can be dropped from life!!! Paul and I were just mentioning to each other yesterday how it might be kinda hard to go back after the year off! Took Mom & Dad to Cgy. on Thursday. We had a great visit with them - I can't remember the last time they spent an entire week here! Election today - polls close in 4 hours - I'll keep you posted. Got your postcard today - thanks! Glad to hear all is well. When you get to Paris, climb to the top of the dome at Sacre Coeur church in Montmartre - it's a great view. Stay safe.

  dodi Oct 16, 2007 8:02 AM


Hey gals, just got this site figured out from the e-mail I lost and had Linda Yeo forward to me. Glad to get caught up on all your adventures to date, or at least a snapshot of them. We're missing you at Monday night hockey but with the leg strength you're building maybe it's best you're not there to run me over. I read your list of observations etc. and have to agree with most things but was particularly pleased that you have indeed started watching rugby. Maybe being in France with the recent loss to England isn't the best atmosphere but wow, what a game! eh?!! (Too bad Canada can't really compete at that level yet.) Thought maybe Patti will come back wanting to play scrumhalf or standoff and Amy I see as an excellent second row, maybe 8-man. What do you think? The Rowdies club team is always recruiting. Anyway, keep enjoying the journey as wall as the destinations and remember to look both ways before crossing any roads - you never can be sure where someone or something might be coming from, or if there is something neat to check out just a little further down the way. Lots of love, Cor and Karla

  Cori Enns Oct 16, 2007 12:53 PM

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