Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, October 1, 2012

Time flies when you're having fun

It's hard to believe that at this time one year ago today, I was shimmying into my wedding dress and getting ready to head over to the Mairie for our wedding. On one hand, this year has gone by in a flash, but on the other, it often seems as if we have always been married. 

To celebrate our first anniversary, we decided to go away for the weekend. We had received a Smartbox as a wedding gift and had originally planned on using that, but after calling around to five or six places all around France, everything was full.  So it was back to the drawing board.  We were looking for a place around two hours from Paris, but like with the Smartbox, most hotels were full.  Side note - what is up with so many people being on holiday the last weekend in September??

So the search continued, and I finally came across a hotel in Le Havre that had a 2-for-1 offer including spa access and 10€ in tokens for their casino.  Everything looked really nice online and even though Le Havre isn't known as a romantic destination, we were quite frankly tired of looking for something, so we booked it.
And it ended up being a great choice - our room was great and had an excellent (if slightly noisy) view. The access to the spa (jacuzzi, pool, sauna, hammam, gym) was also a plus. And Le Havre is also right in the middle of several choice tourist destinations, which is how I finally convinced C to take me to Etretat.  I've been wanting to go for years, but he grew up not too far away and got dragged there on many a family vacation, so he'd had enough. But we had such beautiful weather that even he had to admit it wasn't such a bad idea.
On the way back, we stopped off at a pick-your-own fruit & vegetable farm, and had a lot of fun picking strawberries and raspberries for our afternoon snack.  I want to link to them too since they had such a huge selection and the owners were uber friendly - so if you're ever in the area, make sure to stop by La Cueillette d'Octeville
The next stop was Honfleur, where we had a lovely lunch of moules-frites at one of the many restaurants surrounding the port. It really is a lovely town to wander around, especially on a sunny day. 
And then it was time for a nap on the beach, before a quick stop in Deauville on our way back home.
We didn't have the 90°F weather we had last year at this time, but there was still enough heat to get a last day of suntanning in and to enjoy our anniversary weekend.  Thank you weather gods!

**I'd also like to give a special anniversary shout-out to J&O, who are celebrating their 3rd anniversary today - it's not too often that you meet another couple who got married on the same day in the same Mairie!

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Blogger LaShawn said...


October 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Linds Frank said...

Congrats to you and C! Sounds like you guys had a lovely weekend away!

October 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely way to celebrate. Happy anniversary!

October 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congratulations, sounds a lovely weekend.

October 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Gwan said...

Happy anniversary, looks beautiful & glad you got nice weather

October 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger meredith said...

Happy Anniversary! The photos of the coastline are beautiful.

October 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Looks like fun. Happy anniversary!!

October 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh the pics look lovely! Glad you had a nice celebration -- happy anniversary!

October 2, 2012 at 10:25 PM  

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