The Boyfriend Visits Europe and I learn French, très magnifique!

You can learn a lot about a someone by traveling with them.   Are they good with a map?  How do they order off a menu written in a foreign language?  What do they think about neolithic cave paintings?  Are they fun sit next to on a 6 hour bus ride to France?*

Two weeks ago Nick arrived in Santander, and we had the joy of traveling together throughout France and Northern Spain, and even managed to squeeze in a weekend in Madrid.  The low point of the trip was probably Nick leaving to go back to the US to start his new job.  And the high points?  Pretty much everything else.

Coffee and croissants.  What more do you need in life?

Coffee and croissants. What more do you need in life?

Falling in love with the village of Saint Emilion. So quintessentially French.

Finding refuge in a church on rainy morning and marveling at the stained glass windows

Finding refuge in this church on rainy morning and marveling at the stained glass windows

Bordeaux.

Bordeaux. My limited French vocabulary cannot express how très magnifique it is!

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Nick discovering pinxchos in San Sebastian.  I love how much he loves good food.

Exploring Cantabria and introducing my friend Esther to a real American!

Exploring Cantabrian caves and introducing Nick and Esther.

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Rowing boats in Parque Retiro, in Madrid

*Answers: yes; by pointing randomly; couldn’t really say because the tour was in Spanish but the cave was awesome; yes, absolutely.

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