I spent last New Year’s Eve on the Belgian coast with FBF and friends.
I moved into my lovely studio by the Quai de Wault in Lille.
I met fellow blogger TravellingAmber and we quickly became best friends.
I was working at Lycée Henri Darras in Lievin as an English teaching assistant for the second year.
The famous and beautiful Quai de Wault which was a meager 30 second walk from my building.
For Valentine’s Day I cooked FBF a romantic dinner of French onion soup and a leek and goat cheese casserole.
His present to me was a certificate to get my ears pierced again. Needless to say, each of my ear lobes gained a hole.
We also took advantage of having to drive La Soeur to Charles de Gaulle airport and spent a lovely day in Paris.
FBF turned 24.
My job as an assistant finished, but I found a new one teaching business English with a company that provided me with a car, meaning I had to drive in France for the first time in my life.
La Mamman’s birthday present was a trip to Dublin, and they graciously took me along.
The Molly Malone statue in Dublin.
My parents came to visit me in Lille. Then I joined up with them for a day in Brussels, followed by a weekend in Paris.
View of a gargoyle and the Eiffel Tower from the top of Notre Dame,
which I visited completely hungover from drinking 116.7cl of wine with my parents.
LOSC (Lille Olympic Sporting Club – Lille’s football/soccer team) became FBF and my obsession as they were competing to win both the French league and the Coupe de France. We watched Lille take home a victory in both matches (games), and proceeded to party like crazy people in the city streets.
We took a day trip to Bergues, to see the city where Dany Boon’s Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis takes place. I was surprised to discover that the city has a lot more going for it than what they show in the film.
The remains of an old monastery turned garden in Bergues.
FBF and I visited Disneyland Paris.
Me chillin' with Donald Duck.
FBF and I went on our month long France road trip, visiting Brittany, Charente-Maritime, Nantes, and Bordeaux.
I turned 24, and FBF took me to Reims for the weekend.
The Cathedral in Riems, where the kings of France were crowned.
I also experienced my first Braderie de Lille.
I stay-cationed, and visited most of Lille that I hadn’t gotten to yet.
I took a trip with Travelling Amber to visit Andromeda in Metz.
I headed back home, and FBF gave me the best Christmas present ever; he visited me for 10 days.
Bonne année (happy new year) everyone!