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  • Well hello there! Glad you've stumbled upon Wandering Footsteps, the travel journal of a nomadic couple on a slow overland trip around the world. With thirty years of travel experience between us and a round-the-world trip already under the belt of our trusty 1988 Toyota-cum-camper van, this journey is bound to be interesting! Join us in our global wanderings - we've saved an extra seat just for you!

    - Brittany and Bruno

My blog hasn’t been very active these past few months. In fact, four months ago, I announced that I’d be taking a semi-break from Wandering Footsteps. I’d post our summer and fall adventures at a more leisurely pace so that we could focus on family, relaxation and our bus renovations. That was only half-true.

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  • Jan Miller - Felicitations et meilleurs vœux pour Noel et la Nouvelle Année, surtout pour février, mois du grand événement!

    JanReplyCancel

  • Carmen LeBlanc - You might not remember me but I sang in the choir with you this semester. I just found your blog (got the link from your mom) and I’m so excited to read all about your travels and your life! I also added you on Facebook, was hoping to get together and chat sometime as my boyfriend and I are planning a trip to in Africa. It would be so great to hear about different places from someone who has travelled there – extensively apparently! Also can’t wait to read about your adventures as a new mom!ReplyCancel

I’ve just returned from a mini Euro-trip to Barcelona, Carcassonne, and Bordeaux, and it was so, so fun! It wasn’t just great to be traveling again – after a two month hiatus – or that I got to discover three brand new destinations. It’s that I got to share the trip with two of my very bestest friends in the world!
There’s nothing like a 10-day reunion in Europe with girlfriends to re-energize oneself after so many non-nomadic months!

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  • Sarah - Love Gaudi’s work!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Jones - Traveling with the besties is awesome! Thanks for your amazing blog cousine! I have always wanted to take a trip to Barcelona and after reading your blog, I am feeling the travel bug even more!! Thanks for sharing xxxReplyCancel

    • Brittany - One day I would love to get to travel with YOU!!!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Jones-Takata - I love the intro photo with Carcassonne in the background. Three great looking gals visiting three great destinations!
    I have always referred to La Sagrada Familia as Gaudi’s Folly. I love his windows in the homes he designed. And then some! Carcassonne is very interesting, particularly off season (if such a period still exists). Bordeaux, a lovely city and visiting the vineyards of the regions is just s o o wonderful. Bordeaux are still my favorite.
    So very happy that you had this opportunity to be together with your best buds!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - It’s amazing to me that, with almost every new destination I visit, you’ve beaten me to it! My aunt sure is a well-traveled woman – I guess I know where I get it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - As always, I loved your post. In this case, I particularly loved reading about your reconnection with Erin and Alex after several years and seeing photos of them, as I remembered meeting and enjoying them both in Bangkok. Your dad and I loved Barcelona and the photos of Gaudi’s whimsical architecture brought back memories of my smiling and even giggling when we spotted any throughout this wonderful city.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - It’s wonderful to visit new destinations, but particularly with friends! Barcelona was a fantastic city, and I cannot wait to return one day – maybe with you?!?ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Socia - Brittany Thanks so much for this blog about your reunion with Erin and Alex. You are a great writer and I enjoy reading your blog Love SharonReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you for lending me your wonderful daughter! I miss her already….!ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Freya - Dear Brittany,
    Loved your blog about Barcelona, etc. Having just been there and seeing the Cathedral (Which I thought was the gaudy’s thing I’ve ever seen – no pun intended!). I’m a true renaissance person, so I do not understand the way out artwork! That is where Louise and I disagree. I truly enjoyed Barceona and learning about the Conflict about the separation of Catalonia. A very beautiful city. And, we also visited Carcasonne which was equally as beautiful. I’m sorry that we didn’t run into each other.
    I hope you are feeling well and await the great news. Please keep in touch.
    Much love, Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - It’s funny how you and Louise both expressed your [differing] opinions on Gaudi – that’s the great thing about art, isn’t it? It elicits a different response in everyone!

      So you were in Barcelona and Carcassone too! How about Bordeaux?ReplyCancel

In case anyone was wondering why Bruno and I raced across Canada this summer, wonder no more – it was to join our families on a road trip to Nova Scotia! Several months later, I reminisce about the amazing memories our three RVs created as we left our tracks across one my country’s loveliest provinces.

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - 1Brit, once again, beautifully doneReplyCancel

  • Micheline - C’est trop trop trop l’fun de revivre mes vacances à travers ton récit. Heureusement que tu es là pour retracer et relater les lignes principales de notre périple, cela permet de me faire ressentir également tout ce qui n’est pas dit et qui vient caresser agréablement ma mémoire.
    Heureusement, il semble que ce ne soit pas notre dernière aventure et j’espère qu’il y en aura bien d’autres aussi délicieuses. Je dois toujours parfaire mon anglais et Randy doit encore apprendre à dire “Ne te fous pas de ma gueule, trou du …..!”ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - J’ai ecris ce recit avec toi en tete car je savais que ca te ferais plaisir de revivre nos moments ensemble cet ete! Bisous et A BIENTOT!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - How fun to relive our Nova Scotia RV trip through your blog post! So many great memories created together makes me want to do another trip with the same cast.ReplyCancel

  • RCS - What a great recapturing of our trip…while the pace was furious it will be remembered for a very long time.
    Didn’t realize how grey I am…thinking about a bottle of Grecian Formula…blond highlights would look good.ReplyCancel

Despite living among – and loving – Acadians almost my entire life, I knew very little about their history and culture. All that changed this summer with an eye-opening experience at the fabulous Village Historique Acadien near Caraquet, New Brunswick. Highly recommended!

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  • Elizabeth S - Thank you, Brittany and Bruno, for this ‘tour’ of the Village Acadien in Caraquet; a place I have yet to visit. I, too,now know quite a bit more about Acadian history than I did, not only from this great blog entry, but from my wonderful visit to Louisiana this past winter.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - I would gladly go back… just sayin’!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Jones-Takata - Brittany, you did a great job on the reporting (as usual) and a very nice one on photographing your subject. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you, Louise! Bruno had SO much fun on this occasion taking photos of the interpreters inside each home. His fave photos to take – besides of African animals, of course – are low-light photos, so he was in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Freya Gnerre - Brittany,
    That Blog was great and very educational. Thank you. How are you feeling? I hope all is well and hope to hear from you soon.
    Love, Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Glad to hear you enjoyed this post. Hope you learned a little bit about the Acadians, who are an interesting and worthwhile group to discover! :)ReplyCancel

For as long as I can remember, arriving home meant smelling it. Except this year. This year, I smelled it ages earlier, during our cross-Canadian road trip. And it forced me to redefine what home really means.

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  • Auntie Freya - Hi Brittany and Bruno,
    Are you in France now? My trip took me to all the micro states of Europe. I was in your neck of the woods – Monaco, Nice, etc. mid-Sept. We were in 13 countries – ended up the tour in Antwerp and I took a train to Amsterdam for a few days before returning home. It was a very exhausting trip – lots of trains and dragging a 50 lb. plus suitcase up and down cobble stone hills. I’ve still not recovered. I’m getting too old to be doing this! There were only 13 people on the tour and they were all great. I’ve already heard from all of them since we came home. We will probably keep in touch for a long while. How are you feeling? And, I hope we will end up in the same area at the same time in the near future. Take care and much love, FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Wow, 13 countries! What a trip! You’d give me a run for my money while traveling for sure! Glad to hear you had such a lovely time (apart from dragging your belongings all over the place – that’s why I prefer traveling in a vehicle!). I’m on my way to France next week and Bruno is already there setting up the house for me (sweet eh?). Looking forward to a bit of Europe! :) Take care and we’ll be in touch for a meetup next spring!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Loved reading your thoughts and insights on your two-month journey across most of Canada as well as your feelings about home. Home truly is where the heart is.ReplyCancel