This time next week, I'll be in Canada at my parents' house. There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to express how excited I am about that, but here are a few:
(There also aren't enough unhappy faces to express how awesome it's going to be catching my TGV train from Grenoble to Paris at 4:30am Monday morning, then waiting at Roissy airport until my flight at 11:30am. At least there is a Starbucks in Terminal 2 now....)
Given my current unemployed status (which beside boredom is really not so bad at all), I decided to go home for nearly the whole month of December. I haven't been back since last January, and a trip was quite necessary at this point. Poor Max has to work Christmas, so he's staying here. I'm sad he can't come with me, but someone has to be here to look after our menagerie anyway. I'll be back for December 31st though, just in time to ring in the new year with him and the bébés.
Since it is our last week together before I leave (!!!!!!!!!!!!), we took advantage of his day off today to head over to the recently opened Christmas market in Grenoble. Despite the cold and rain, it was a lovely afternoon of vin chaud (for Max), white wine and chocolat chaud (for me), and some Alpine specialties (in our bellies and also to bring back to fam & friends in Canada). One thing I love about Europe is the Christmas markets that most cities put on every year. I've been to quite a few now, and I think my favourite is still the one at La Défense in Paris (believe it or not!). But as charming as the little wooden cabins, roasted chestnuts and handmade gifts are, I'll take a North American mall blasting Christmas music 24/7 any day.
I leave you with some mediocre quality cellphone photos from the past few days. The next time I blog, it'll be from Canada, and I'm not sure how often I will update during my trip, but keep checking back!
|rainy Xmas market|
|Most people frequent the Xmas for the food & drink|
|Cute little covered dining area where you can snack on your tartiflette, raclette sandwiches, and diot sausages.|
|Max enjoying his sausage and onions cooked in white wine (I had a liquid lunch of white wine and hot chocolate)|
|The swirly steam coming off Max's unseen cup of vin chaud makes this picture look extra creepy (other creepy factors include: my apparently jaundiced skin & and forced smile)|
|Farmers' market wine, olives, and fresh baguette :)|
|Gonna miss these 2 while I'm gone...(even though they creep the neighbours all day)|