Grace Tu

Grace Tu

Monday, December 31, 2012

A Review of 2012

At the end of 2011 I created a post to review the events of the year, to give that 365 days a well-deserved ending.  It hasn't been easy for me to feel motivated to get started on the 2012 post in the past few days, partially because I am travelling away from home, but more so because my emotion has been deeply influenced by some of the challenges that people I love is facing... for the first time in a long while, I felt out of control and lost...

Thankfully my perspectives for 2012 came back to me just in time, so I can give my 2012 its happy ending. The thing is, not everything happened was perfect. There were memories that hurt so much if I give them more than 5 seconds in my mind, even breathing becomes a painful exercise. But here is what I have trying to do the whole year: to create happy memories, memories that were so amazing they comforted my tiring heart, so I am strong enough to protect the hearts of peoeple I love. And because of that, 2012 was wonderful to me.

So, here is the photos of some of my happiest moments in 2012. They represent pure happiness because that was exactly how I felt the very seconds when these photos were taken.

Bye-bye 2012 and Happy New Year!!



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Alan and Grace's Best of France - In Search of a Perfect Restaurant

You will see later, after I finally finish posting all our France stories, that we rarely dined in any restaurants while we were in France. (Italy, on the other hand, was another story).

The thing is that we were so addicted to all the fresh produces and foie gras from different village markets that, most of the time, we chose a lovely picnic over a restaurant in a heartbeat.

But one day in Sarlat-la-Canéda, we finally decided it was time for something different.  Something warm and big and not at all "delicate"; something that would make our stomach so full that we have to take a nap right after.

So there we were walking up and down the streets, flipping through my pages and pages of restaurant reseraches (I was happy to finally used it a little).  When we got tired from the search, we took a long and peaceful break in the beautiful Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat.  When we needed energy, we stopped for some of the best macaron we've ever tasted.

We finally landed in in Chez Le Gaulois, one of the only restaurants in the heart of Sarlat that does not serve duck or foie gras. What is it famous for?  Thinly sliced hams, warm cheese fondue serve with huge chunks of potatoes : )

Here is how it works: first, you choose your meat (so difficult because they have such a varierty of them), then you choose how intense you want your cheese to be: strong, medium or mild, and a few minutes later there is you perfect meal in front of you, not to mention their lovely housewine and the friendly server who taught us French and even wrote it down for us.

So guess what?  Alan did almost fell asleep on the copper statue after our lunch in the last photo here: my one sleepy husband.  We got our mission accomplished!

For Alan and Grace's Best of France - Macaron, Baguette, Strawberries, and One Big Black Dog, click here.
For Alan and Grace's Best of France - The Strolling in Domme, Dordogne, click here.
For Alan and Grace's Best of France - One Fine Day in a Canoe, click here.
For Alan and Grace's Best of France - Dordogne Village Market: How It All Began, click here.
For Alan and Grace's Best of France - How We Exercise During Our Honeymoon, click here.