#22: My New Life Begins

Marathon du Medoc, France.
Marathon du Medoc, France. Photo: J. Chung
With some other runners during the Marathon du Medoc, France.
With some other runners during the Marathon du Medoc, France. Photo: J. Chung

On September 4, 2013 I flew to Paris, boarded a train for Bordeaux and began the month of September in some new areas of France. It is the beginning of my new life…..retired from education and finally doing what I love and where I love it: travelling and living in France.

 

During the month, I travelled to the southwest region of France and then drove east to the Dordogne, Lyon and then back to Paris. Here are some highlights that one should definitely do:

-Marathon du Medoc-there are 22 refreshment stations; however, these stations have Bordeaux wines and unique foods such as (oysters, ham, steak, cheese, and ice cream. And 90% of the runners are in costumes. This year’s theme was: Science Fiction. I ran the entire marathon and stopped at 18 of the 22 wine stations. It took a bit longer than I would have liked, however, how could one not partake in a little wine?

-Biarritz is located south of Bordeaux and it is a seaside town known      . I had an apartment overlooking the Atlantic and could watch the surfers ride the waves

Biarritz, France.
Biarritz, France. Photo: J. Chung

-Apartment in Paris-I rented an apartment in Paris in the 7th arrondissement, just north of the Champs Elysee and near Rue Montaigne. The locations was fabulous, but a little noisy late at night. The French like to party!

-“Kaas Chante Piaf”: This concert by Patricia Kaas celebrates the work of Edith Piaf and took place in one of Paris’ most famous concert halls, the Olympia.

Patricia Kaas Concert, Paris, France.
Patricia Kaas Concert, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung
Patricia Kaas Concert, Paris, France.
Patricia Kaas Concert, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final lunch at a classic French Bistro in Paris. It is called “Le Navigator” and it is on the left bank near the Seine. 29 Euros for a 3 course meal which included 1/2 bottle of wine!  Dessert (picture on the right—figs with creme anglaise and a mint leaf) was simple, yet delicious.

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