Around Here: Summer Travel Plans

Thursday 2 July 2015

Well, sorry for the radio silence around these parts.  If you were picturing a sleep deprived new Mom struggling to string more than a few words together let alone a blogpost, you were partially right.  But lately, there's been a little more sleep (yay) and a lot of just regular life around here.  We've been finding our groove, settling into a schedule and when I'm not chasing Jasper around, I'm putting my feet up and enjoying some mindless entertainment (read: TV.)

This week we're preparing for travel!  Jasper is about to make his third trip to the motherland.  I'm so excited for our family to see him - he has changed so much since we were home in March and he's so fun now!  That being said, I'm a little nervous about the long flight.  While Jasper is no rookie (he's taken something like 17 flights,) he is now so much more active and we all know there's not a lot of room to spare in economy seats.  Along with his increased mobility, he's also much more aware of the world which is usually pretty fun but a bit of a nightmare when he needs to sleep anywhere other than a dark room.  If there's something going on around him, he wants in on it.  Keep us and our fellow passengers in your thoughts on Friday.

We are spending a week in a holiday home, complete with a pool, in British Columbia's Okanagan.  Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid-thirties, we'll be surrounded by wineries, orchards, a lake, and my immediate family.  It couldn't be more perfect.  Afterwards, the three of us will spend a weekend on the outskirts of Vancouver with Joe's family before flying North to Joe's hometown for the remaining week.

We've just started thinking about our final big trip of the year which we're hoping to plan around Jasper's first birthday at the beginning of October.  The South of France is in the lead (we're undecided between inland Provence or Côte d'Azur.)  But, there are so many places that have popped up from Iceland to Malta.  I'm more keen to find some sunshine before the long, dark, Norwegian winter sets in.  We'll have about 6 days - any suggestions or thoughts?

Tell me, what are you looking forward to this summer?

(While I likely won't be blogging in July, you're welcome to follow along on Instagram.)


  1. I haven't been to the Cote d'Azur yet, but I visited Provence a couple of times and it's lovely! The pace of life there is a bit slower and more relaxed and I'm assuming that that would be great for a little family! :) I love both Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, but they're very different from each other: Aix is a bit more posh and is likely the most polished French city you could ever come across, while the best way to describe Avignon would be as a blend of Italy and France - but both cities are beautiful and well worth a visit! The countryside is extremely beautiful as well, so I would definitely recommend renting a car and visiting a couple of different villages.

    Enjoy the summer in Canada! :)

    1. Oh that sounds excellent & you have reiterated what I've heard so often about Provence. We would definitely rent a car and the slow pace of things would be great.

      Chalk one up for Provence ;)

      Enjoy your summer too, Melanie!

  2. I vote for Provence too. We stayed in Uzes once as a base and once in St. Remy. Both were lovely and convenient to visit other towns near them like Gorde , Bonnieux, and LaCoste. We took a day trip to the Camargue. The possibilities are endless !

    1. I've heard great things about St Remy - I was looking up properties near there on AirBnB earlier. I'll definitely look into the other towns you listed as well. Thank you :)

  3. Nice was amazing and I couldn't recommend it enough! But Iceland is also a good choice :)

    1. I actually visited Nice when I was a teenager but would love to go back. Coastal cities are just so special - I'm often lured by them.

  4. Wishing you the best of luck traveling with the little guy... hope he feels better soon!
    The PNW (of which I consider Vancouver area a part of) is having literally the best summer weather we've had (to my knowledge) in years, maybe decades right now! You are going to LOVE it!
    Also looking forward to seeing where you decide to go this autumn. I'm trying to figure out our Christmas break trip right now and so many options but I know there's a right answer somewhere (Venice & surrounding countryside? Krakow? Budapest?).

  5. My friends and I loved island hopping during summer. For us, it's the cool thing to do. We also spend long trips and explore water falls. Jet lag is not a problem for us. Our jetLAGFX is a very effective jet lag prevention.


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