February 14, 2014

Bonne Journee de la Saint-Valentin!

Valentine’s has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays, whether I’m single or seeing someone. I know it’s “made up by the greeting card companies,” blah blah blah say the haters. However, I think Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to tell everyone in your life how much you love and appreciate them. In college, I remember baking several dozen cupcakes, frosting them in pink, and handing them out to everyone I knew as I went about my day. There’s always a fun way to celebrate!

Valentine's Day Card
My mom sent me an amazing eCard – so sweet of her!

A few years ago, when I was single for Valentine’s Day, I planned a treat for myself: a ski trip to Chamonix, France. There had been an airline mistake fare, and I was able to score roundtrip tickets to Geneva from DC (where I was working at the time) for under $400! I had never been to France before, and since I studied French as a kid, it was top on my list of places to go. I ended up having a phenomenal time downhill skiing, checking out the local bars, and attempting to cross country ski – and since then, I’ve loved with the idea of doing something special for myself on Valentine’s weekend, rather than relying on someone else to make it special.

This year is no exception. Despite some fun events cropping up in the last month that nearly had me convinced to stay in Dallas for the weekend, I had already booked a solo trip for myself a few months ago (on another mistake fare) and I decided to stick with it. Once again, I’m off to France – but this time, it’s to Nice, where I’ll be running the Rock N Roll Nice 10 miler and hopefully enjoying some fun Carnival activities. I’ve also been working for almost two years with a French company that’s based in Nice, so I’m looking forward to finally getting to meet some of my colleagues in person while I’m there. It may not be the most traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.

Any tips for Nice? Hopefully my travels go smoothly this time around!


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