Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our Trip to Montpellier

First of all, thanks to everyone who reached out to me concerning my Mammaw.  It was really a hard week and I am happy to put it behind me.  I read all of your sweet comments, so thank you for your support and thoughts! She was a wonderful woman that I will never forget. 

Reflecting back on happier times, we had so much fun in Montpellier a few weeks ago! 
First of all, the drive from Egletons to Montpellier could not have been more beautiful. I think that is why the 4 1/2 hours went by so fast!  The leaves were just starting to change and we stopped in a cute tiny town called Murat (in the Auvergne region) for lunch with the locals.  (We got many stares because we clearly did NOT belong there! haha)
my driver
Friday night we had our fancy anniversary dinner at La Girafe (thanks to Natalie for the suggestion) and it was the best duck I've eaten to date!
Anniversary Dinner at Le Giraffe
Our dinner- duck :)
On Saturday, we walked around and explored the city before meeting up with all my virtual BLOGGER friends!!! Chez Boris was the perfect backdrop to an afternoon well spent.  I can't think of another way to describe it except for it was good for my soul.  I know that sounds dramatic, but for the first time I was sitting alongside women and friends who were going through the SAME emotions, struggles, and situations I was facing.  It felt so nice to finally talk to people who understood what I was going through- the PROS of living in a foreign country, the homesickness, the language barrier, the difficulty in finding a social life, etc.  If all of us women lived in the SAME CITY, I think I could stay in France forever.  We spent hours talking (IN ENGLISH) and getting to know each other.  It was comfortable... like we had known each other for years.  The ex-pat bond is so unique and strong and after leaving that lunch, I finally felt like I wasn't alone.  I had a community supporting me... my own little set of cheerleaders and encouragers. That was made even more evident to me last week with the loss of my grandmother and being so far away- so thank you ladies! 
Chez Boris
The bloggers lunch
2 new friends
On Sunday, we slept in and drove a quick 10 minutes to the Mediterranean Coast for a walk and some lunch.  The beach was so pretty and peaceful and we are already planning a trip back next Fall so we can take little Stella :)  The promenade where we had lunch was sprinkled with merry-go-rounds, young families riding bikes and roller blading, and elderly couples enjoying a long, lingering Sunday lunch.  We had some yummy seafood with a view of the ocean and left Montpellier happy and so very content. What a wonderful weekend!  
The restaurant


  1. Oh for crying out loud could you two get any cuter??
    So glad you had a lovely, romantic weekend and that we got to meet you too. It was such a fun lunch and you described the kinship perfectly.
    Have fun and keep well x x

  2. Me again... have you thought of activating your email address within your blogger profile so that folks can email you back when you leave comments? I can't find an email on your site so if I want to tell you something really embarrassing I'd have to write it here on the comments!

    1. Ohhhh FANCY! I had no idea I could do that! Let me try to figure it out... if I can't you may be getting an email from me :) haha!

  3. hah, Kirsty write it here! (unless it's about me, then a private email to Abby will do!)

    I love love the photos, but the one of your shadows sharing a kiss is just the sweetest. xo Karen

  4. What a fun trip!! I also want to say that you look gorgeous... How does your face stay skinny when you are preggo? For real- that's the first place I start to bloat up. :-) lucky Abby. Anyway, I love living vicariously through your adventures!

    1. Haha... well today marks the first day of the 3rd trimester so I don't feel like I'm out of the PUFFY FACE gate quite yet haha ;) But thank you!

  5. I love this! Such a fantastic trip! I also love your little polaroid photo! How did you do that?!

    1. Thanks lady! Its from a website called PicMonkey - It took the place of Picnik which I used to edit all my photos back in the day. I actually PREFER PicMonkey though! You should give it a try :)



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