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tour de france (and amsterdam)

July 9, 2012

It all started with a lazy Saturday afternoon conversation sometime in September 2011.

“I think I’m done travelling for a while” said Koji.

“All done? But I’ve never been to Europe! I want to go everywhere! To Spain and Italy and Portugal. Or anywhere really!”

“I guess I’ve never been to France before. I’ve always side stepped it. The South of France could tempt me to go over to Europe again.”

“The South of France it is then!”

But we were daydreaming and poor and lacking in annual leave so let that dream slide back into the world of “someday maybe” for a while.

November rolled around and an excited Koji stared at me with wide eyes.

“$1,100 return to Amsterdam. Should we do it?”

“Why not?”

And so we did, and here it is!

The painfully detailed holiday slideshow you’ve all been waiting for!

Well, sort of. As in, this is an introductory post. You know, the kind that sets out where we’re going and what kind of sights you’ll be seeing along this little virtual trip with me.

(Me, being the bodiless chick with the red knitted headband that’s currently flying around a map.)

 

onebitemore’s tour de france! (and amsterdam)

That’s better!

The first stop of the tour will hit your computer screens on Saturday 14th July (yeehah Bastille Day! Hooray for decapitations!) and you’ll be able to join in every Friday following for another pit stop until we reach the end of our time together and get to spend 18 hours stuck in an airport lounge in Jakarta before finally (finally) heading home.

If you want to catch up on what’s already been published, you can head back to this page at any time as I’ll be updating the links to the stops below (and possibly switching and swapping them around a bit depending on whether a stop is especially interesting or boring. Hint: Riom? Boring.)

the itinerary

leg #1: 44 hours in Amsterdam

aka: this is what I’m like on no sleep, with jetlag

post #01: cold & jetlagged in Amsterdam

post #02: hungry & delirious in Amsterdam

leg #2: a week in Nice

aka: Shez rides a bicycle, falls over, kicks bicycle, comfort eats. Repeat.

post#03: it’s nice in Nice

leg #2A: side trips from Nice

aka: hanging with the rich & famous in Monaco, ditto in Cannes & falling in love with Cassis

leg #3: getting Provencal (baby)

aka: road trip! Too many macaron in Aix-en-Provence & staying on a mini olive grove in St Remy du Provence

leg #3A: side trips from St Remy

aka: the walls of Avignon, a dude named Benezet & a giant roman aqueduct

leg #4: the road & Riom

aka: one of these is more exciting than the other. Riom is the other.

leg #5: playing princess

aka: the Loire Valley Chateaux

leg #5A: actually playing princess!

aka: our very own chateau! (well, for one night anyway)

leg #6: Paris!

aka: Shez tackles the bicycle (again) and succeeds! Blames previous failure on lack of wine.

leg #7: Amsterdam redux

aka: so this is what it’s all about. I see. Also, pass me that burger.

Bonne Voyage!

ps) Riom? I’m sorry, I never really gave you a chance. You may redeem yourself yet.


  • #1
    July 9th, 2012

    I don’t know if posting this comment in caps would come across as too excited and rude so maybe best left in lower case. I can’t wait to follow your trip! I’ve been on a post-Europe holiday down fall for ages since going almost a year ago and well, this is the next best thing I have. Love that map you made… with your face! hah super cute!

  • #2
    July 9th, 2012

    Oh it would be fantastic to drive around Europe some day. The last time I’ve been was in 2009 for 6 weeks! I doubt I’d be able to the same time again but with so many of my friends over there at the moment, I really wish I could do Europe all over again. Can’t wait to read (and get jealous of) your European holiday. Love the gif! :)

  • #3
    July 9th, 2012

    Looks like an epic trip! Love your map of places :)

  • #4
    July 10th, 2012

    How cool! Looks like you really managed to hit some of the high points! Can’t wait to read all about the FOOD!

  • #5
    July 10th, 2012

    sounds like u had a fab trip! can’t wait to read all about what you ate!!!

  • #6
    July 19th, 2012

    Loving your trip stories. What I am loving even more is watching you cute head bounce around the map, LOL!!! Love it.

Shez