I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

I was doing so well at publishing a blog post at least once a day, and then when we got back from Lourdes it kind of fizzled out. Well, have no fear, we’re doing well here in Montpellier. Yesterday I finally posted about our road trip to Sommières, which happened last Thursday. Last Friday we … Continue reading I’m way behind on my posts, so here’s a brief status update from Montpellier

Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

Since we’d reserved a rental car for four days, I felt a certain obligation to make the most use of it. Thursday morning, after lingering a little too long over breakfast, we got in the car to visit Uzès, an ancient walled village that dates back to pre-medieval times, about a 90-minute drive from Montpellier. … Continue reading Another road trip from Montpellier, this one to Sommières

Last-minute road trip to Lourdes for Mass with Cardinal Burke

One advantage of not over-planning a vacation is that you leave yourself open to opportunities that arise. This week, we changed our planned daytrip to Lourdes on Saturday to an overnight trip on Tuesday and Wednesday. At Sunday Mass here in Montpellier, we learned that an American cardinal, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, would be … Continue reading Last-minute road trip to Lourdes for Mass with Cardinal Burke

We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

Kathryn and I just got back to Montpellier after a whirlwind 30-hour side trip to Lourdes. This is just a quick update because the last two days have been somewhat exhausting. I’m really happy we didn’t do this as a day trip as we’d originally planned. Four hours driving a rental car I’m not familiar … Continue reading We’re back in Montpellier after a whirlwind side trip to Lourdes

We eventually made it to Lourdes

It took us a longer than planned to get our rental car in Montpellier, and then the drive took longer than planned, but eventually we arrived in Lourdes well before sunset. The hotel is not bad, and the manager was amenable to letting us leave two hours late tomorrow. We arrived in Lourdes quite hungry … Continue reading We eventually made it to Lourdes

A few photos from Montpellier before hit the road

Not long after our safe arrival Saturday in Montpellier, the Gilets Jaunes protests started to get interesting, more or less outside our window. First they marched up the street, then they marched down the street. Then we heard a commotion and returned to the window to see a line of police in riot gear. A … Continue reading A few photos from Montpellier before hit the road

Just a quick status update and a change of plans

This is going to be brief, since we’re heading out in a few minutes to join a friend who gives tours of Montpellier, and then probably out for a few drinks with him after that. We’ve moved up our planned side trip to Lourdes. We originally planned to go next Saturday for just the day. … Continue reading Just a quick status update and a change of plans

Arrived safely at our apartment in Montpellier

We enjoyed a bit more sleep on our flight from Paris to Montpellier, but since we were only in the air just over an hour, there’s not much else to say. By the time we collected our bags, we had missed a shuttle bus to the city by about 15 minutes, so we had to … Continue reading Arrived safely at our apartment in Montpellier

In Paris, waiting for our flight to Montpellier

I planned to write a brief status update as we took our seats on the flight from Detroit to Paris, but somehow we ended up in an AT&T dead zone, so I had no access to the internet. The flight was uneventful, other than a bit of turbulence leaving Detroit. Kathryn and I both got … Continue reading In Paris, waiting for our flight to Montpellier

Cookies and our breaking points

If you’re reading this, we’ve safely landed in Detroit. I’ve never been to this airport before, but I hear it’s nice. I’ll report back when I’ve had a chance to look around. In the past, I’ve had a difficult time sleeping on airplanes. However, on the flight from Phoenix, I was asleep before we pushed … Continue reading Cookies and our breaking points

It’s five o’clock somewhere

In fact, it’s already well after seven o’clock in Montpellier. Is it too early to reset my watch? The last time we were at Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was the last time we flew to Montpellier, about 30 months ago. They were in the middle of extensive renovations then, and today we’re … Continue reading It’s five o’clock somewhere

Bags packed, ready to go

Kathryn and I were up and at ’em early this morning to start our long trip from Phoenix to Montpellier, although compared to our normal weekday schedules, it was like we slept in. Even after a couple leisurely cups of coffee, we finished our last minute chores way ahead of schedule. We’ll leave for the … Continue reading Bags packed, ready to go

Carrying 21 pounds less baggage

A year ago, almost to the day, my life changed. I woke up, as usual, I went to the bathroom, as usual, and I weighed myself, as usual. I was disappointed, as usual, with the number staring back at me. I was unhappy, as usual, with the figure I saw in the mirror. For some … Continue reading Carrying 21 pounds less baggage

I did not drive my car to work today

Today is Earth Day. I did not drive my car to work today. I did have a giant, diesel-guzzling truck tow my car to a nearby repair shop. And I did have someone drive me to work in his car. And one of my coworkers has offered to drive me home in his car. But … Continue reading I did not drive my car to work today

Our next trip to Montpellier, France, starts next week

Kathryn and I are getting ready to take off late next week for a couple weeks in the south of France. Once again, we’re renting a small, furnished apartment in Montpellier. In fact, it’s the same apartment we’ve rented twice before, just a few steps from Place Jean-Jaurès in the heart of the historic center, … Continue reading Our next trip to Montpellier, France, starts next week

Notre Dame de Paris during a late evening stroll along the Seine

I put this photo of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral on my blog many years ago. In light of the news out of Paris today, I thought I’d share it again. Kathryn took the photo in September 2007 during our first visit to Paris together, a little over a year before we were married. We … Continue reading Notre Dame de Paris during a late evening stroll along the Seine

Tax day status and a pet peeve

In my typical pattern of procrastination, I waited until today to finish preparing my tax returns. Both federal and state returns were submitted at noon today, meaning I came in with 60 hours left to spare. Good thing, because I have a lot going on between now and Monday. Rant mode: on. One of my … Continue reading Tax day status and a pet peeve

The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

While looking through my photos from last year, I noticed one from our Mexico City pilgrimage that never ended up on the blog. There are two basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe shown here. The old basilica, on the left with the golden dome, while still beautiful outside and inside, has suffered such extensive damage … Continue reading The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

In August 2004, just a few weeks after moving to Arizona, I decided to take a road trip to San Francisco, California, for a long weekend. I didn’t fall in love with San Francisco the way so many do, but I did enjoy a long walk through Golden Gate Park all the way to the … Continue reading The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

A golden sunrise over the metropolitan Phoenix area

This was heavily cropped from another photo to make a background for a recent Instagram story, but now I can’t figure out which original I cropped it from! I do know I took the photo during one of my sunrise hikes at Shaw Butte.

Saying goodbye and good riddance to tooth number 14

Two weeks ago, I arrived bright and early at my dentist’s office for what was supposed to be a routine crown replacement on tooth number 14. It didn’t go quite as planned. In a mouth full of otherwise relatively healthy teeth, tooth number 14, a molar on the upper left side, has been nothing but … Continue reading Saying goodbye and good riddance to tooth number 14

Statue of Leif Eriksson in Reykjavik, Iceland

This larger-than-life statue of Leif Eriksson was a gift from the United States to the people of Iceland on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Icelandic parliament. It sits in front of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, although the statue was apparently erected in this prominent location years before the church … Continue reading Statue of Leif Eriksson in Reykjavik, Iceland

Strolling the ramparts of the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, France

As crowded as it was inside the walled city of Carcassonne on a beautiful Saturday morning in late September, you wouldn’t know while walking along the ramparts. Photo taken September 2016.