Whew! Today's edition of Expat Escapades has been supersized! These girls have been here, there and everywhere! Without further ado, I give you the latest and greatest from some of my favorite expats...
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Kicking off in Cambodia, Chelsea and her husband road tripped over 500 miles across Cambodia on a motorbike. If that's not a bucket list blog post, then I don't know what is!
Oh, I know what is... a blog post featuring elephants and lions! Jenna visited the Pilanesberg Private Lodge in Black Rhino Reserve, South Africa. This is one of those pinch me I'm dreaming kind of blog posts. (If you have never visited Jenna's blog before, you definitely should, she has a wonderful habit of photographing cheeky little monkeys.)
From elephants and lions to rabbits... Peter Rabbit (one of my childhood faves)! Girl Meets Globe took her children to visit The World of Beatrix Potter in England's Lake District. This entire post is like a snapshot into my childhood dreams. (I used to have a Beatrix Potter tea set when I was a girl. I don't know what happened to it but after seeing this post, I want it back.)
Besides loving Beatrix Potter as a child, I've been a longtime fan of the legend of King Arthur so I'm more than a little jealous that Bonnie got to visit King Arthur's Labyrinth in Wales (Note To Self: Plan trip to Wales and then swing North to the Lake District.)
And since we're talking about childhood tales and legends, do you remember the Pied Piper? Well Lily Wanderlust passed right through the village of Hamelin, the very place that the Pied Piper did his piping, on her way to a village fair in Germany. (This village fair seemed much more civilized than the village fair you know where... I'm looking at you Le Petit Village.)
For another, but very different, fair in Germany, check out Alex's post about a 20+ year old traveling beer festival where you can try over four hundred beers. 400! Who has that kind of time?! (I DO)
From beers to espresso in Maine (yes Maine!). American Marissa took her Italian husband Manu (they're newlyweds!) back to the States for a post wedding vacation (and a pre-American wedding one). They traveled from Boston to Maine because Manu has always been fascinated by this place that he calls, The Maine. (I've included this post mostly because Manu referring to Maine as 'The Maine' reminds me of something Gregory would do. It's just too darn cute.)
I don't have any sort of clever way to transition from Marissa's post to this next one so I'm just going to go ahead and do it. Here we go...
Amsterdam is one of those places that I've been to in that I've flown in and out of it's airport more times than I can count, but I haven't been to, been to, so I enjoyed a virtual trip with Sarah as she took us on a walk through Amsterdam at night. Click on over and I guarantee you'll be singing, Roxanne before you finish reading it. (P.S. Sarah actually lives in London)
I think by now it's pretty obvious that a lot of expats out there are seasoned travelers, and as such, they have a wealth of information and tips to share. Selena and The Young Adventuress did just that with their posts about flying... On Oh, The Places We Will Go, Selena blogged her tips for conquering the fear of flying and over on The Young Adventuress, Liz listed ten things that she wishes people would stop doing on airplanes (she gets a ten out of ten on this one).
So now that we've been to Cambodia, South Africa, England, Wales, Germany, Amsterdam and the good ol' U S of A, I'm going to wind it down with what's been going on with my fellow expats in France...
Both Little Pieces of Light and American Mom in Bordeaux have been enjoying the summer on the water; Milsters took a boat tour along the Canal St-Martin in Paris and Jennifer canoed down the Dordogne with her family. Meanwhile Heather walked in the path of Van Gogh (I've done that!) and Sarah walked along a very different path in Cap d'Agde. (If you have ever heard of Cap d'Agde then you know you're in for a doozy of a post, either way you have to read Sarah's story about it. Here's a hint, it's titled, Harleys,Tits and Bums. Get ready for a giggle.)
Last but definitely not least, Valerie, who can usually be found in Italy, took a trip to Avignon and after exploring what the city has to offer (ie; wine) wrote the Tourist Guide to Drinking & Buying Wine in Avignon (I'm going to print this one out, laminate it, and stick it to my fridge).