Oh hey. Guess who is pretty terrible at keeping a blog updated? Moi.
We're in Glasgow, Scotland right now, and I'm digging the architecture here (also crushing hard on Charles Rennie Mackintosh). I'll blog about the UK eventually. That and everything else I've yet to post. Oops.
Until then, here are some things:
- Snow-shoeing! This seems appropriate since we just got stuck in travel limbo with flight cancellations thanks to a snowy mess, a.k.a The Beast from the East. That was not fun, but snow-shoeing in The Pyrenees was incredible. It's always humbling and a little unreal to be surrounded by mountains and trees. The peace and quiet was so refreshing once I stopped worrying that we were going to get lost, never to be seen again and potentially buried by an avalanche. Fortunately we made it back alive, and it was more than I could have hoped for in a first-time snow shoe experience.
- We've seen quite a few board game bars in Europe, but our favorite one was in Lille, France. There were 'game sommeliers' to help you pick a game based on your interests and then teach you how to play it. Our options were a bit limited because all the games were in French, but we learned two new ones that didn't require us to spend the whole evening on Google Translate. (Side note: I have a love/hate relationship with Google Translate. It can be handy but also really off and you have to spend more time on your stupid phone). We learned: Quarto and Eight-Minute Empire. Or for you Frenchies out there, Huit Minutes Pour Un Empire. If you go to Lille, please take me with you and/or go to La Luck.
- Also in Lille, an art deco swimming pool turned art museum appropriately called, La Piscine. It was such an interesting space, whimsical yet refined. I loved popping in and out of the tiled showers to look at paintings, and the reflection pool in the middle was so pretty. One weird thing - they had sound effects that played every once and awhile of kids splashing in the pool. Kind of creepy, but otherwise it was really cool.
- One of my favorite things about travelling in Europe is that art is everywhere. When I wasn't looking up and around at the fascinating architecture in Prague, I was looking down at the cool patterned sidewalks. I'm not sure if the job of having to hammer those cubes into place would be extremely satisfying or really annoying. Either way, I read that using cubes makes it easier to repair the sidewalks where the damage actually occurred, which is quite smart.
- And a baguette vending machine. Voilà !