Walking back to our accomodation to fetch our luggage; we popped into buy the famous the French ‘merveilleux’ (meringue with lots of whipped cream and chocolate.)
Whilst waiting to pay, I just looked down one of the roads and nonchantly captured this shot:
I absolutely love it! And how it came out. 🙂
(Okay, #GooglePhotos did a bit of editing with this version of the pic.)
Three angles of thoughts from this picture:
This photo captures Europe well.
Little gems tucked away all over the continent.
Light spilling out from the quaint shops. (Bakeries and li’l pubs)
Coffee tables sprawled out on the paving.
The invitation for people to meet up and share stories.
Pausing from the busyness of life.
Sat across from one another, exchanging glances and words and smiles.
Looking back on 2019, I am super thankful for this year.
Thank you Jesus, Thank you England living.
I have been in 7 countries this year:
1st Jan, I woke up in Berlin (Germany). Spending time with my good friend, Bob.
Then end of Jan found me in Amsterdam (Netherlands) with my bro. He was there for a work trip. (Loved this quality time with him.)
May found me in a quaint cottage in Wales (yes, I am counting that as a country) with my cousin and friends.
In June, I visited Maurituas and South Africa
Then now, mid December I got to visit Lille (France.)
And now I am sitting on a sofa, writing this in England.
What a blessing!
Sadly, in SA, I never got such good opportunities like this.
(Wanderlust wooed me back in 2007, and has never let me go. She’s relentless and inviting!)
On my recent trip, I found in my travel journal, these sentences jotted down.
It made me smile. And still rings true.
In South Africa, our education covers a broad range of information.
Our Geography lessons extends to the Western world.
I remember hearing about places, that really intrigued me and made me day dream and think “one day” and to see these sentences, and some of them have since, been achieved. Amazing!
Here they are:
1) Seeing the white cliffs off Dover. Check.
2) Seeing the Loch Ness. Check.
3) Having coffee in Italy in a corner cafe on cobbled stoned street. Those tables that seem to spill out onto the pavement. Check.
4) Visiting Amsterdam – my roots. Check.
5) See the Northern Lights. First attempt in 2011, unsuccessful. Will try again soonish…
6) Sail in Spain, crack open a bottle of wine, listening to Counting Crows’ “Holiday in Spain.”
I remembered another one: “Imagine studying in Oxford.”
I have never studied there – but I have defintely visited it a few times:
riding canals boats, coffee shops, pubs and even theatre. I actually Bought A Dictionary In Oxford