Two thousand thirteen was no less than epic. The being spouses and the traveling and the becoming locals to Brussels. We really feel like we belong here. A little recap and some fave fotos from this most gnarly year:
January was exciting as Januarys usually are. But this one was special. It was the start of our first full calendar year of being Mr. + Mrs. Montgomery..in Belgium, no less. And that, I can tell you, is exciting. Well, maybe not the Belgian part, but the marriage part and the European part. As Januarys also start the Mr.’s busy season, its quite quiet. It snowed and snowed in Brussels and Doris and I started testing out the best tea spots to keep warm. We managed to celebrate LSU Gameday, beach style. And to solidify our Belgianness, we finally got a Liege waffle and fell in love.
February: we made little weekend visits to cities around Belgium. It’s such a small country that you could drive from border to border in an afternoon, but there’s so much in between. We went to Dinant, where they claim the birthplace of the saxophone, and flittered around Abbaye de Villers.
In March, we celebrated six months in this crazy country and made a few trips to the beach to find sun that usually wasn’t there. I think the crazy was getting to us. We drove over to the country to our right and followed the Luxembourg castle tour and met Roger.
April: The snow kept coming, even after summer tires had been put back on cars. There was a quick trip to Tournai that didn’t last long…because it was cold..in April. We had Wedding Week on the blog that became my favorite week on the blog. Then, we celebrated our one year anniversary in Florence and sparked what is now termed Annie’s Obsession with Italy. Our actual anniversary was spent in our neighborhood and having dinner by candlelight and sunshine because we were gearing up for summertime sun and summertime here is the best!
In May, Mama Jo and Nanan came to visit! And we spoiled the heck outta those ladies on Mother’s Day! We took them to two different countries outside of our own and still the highlight of her trip is when we had our mother-daughter photoshoot in our wedding day attire. I want to do that again. Every night. There was a trip to Amsterdam and again to Holland to see the tulips. (Honestly, we weren’t as impressed as we were supposed to be. shhh). And then! It was summer!
In August, there were more festivals and more music and more being outside til 10pm. The palace opened up to the public and we attended like good little Belgians. Our road trip this month was to Normandy with a little stop in lovely Brittany. Those D-Day beaches are incredibly moving, it’s hard to put into words the magnitude that it impresses upon you. One more ‘THANK YOU’ to our friends who have ever seen such a side of life.
September made a year since we landed here and we celebrated at Henri’s. Brussels Beer Fest with Roy was definitely a highlight. There was that jaunt to Paris with some faves that will go down in history.
The first three day weekend in November brought Venice and the second brought Rome. Jennifer and Tanner came in the middle of that week and Punch came that next weekend. Annie had a work thang in Paris the following Friday, so we made another weekend out of it. Thanksgiving rounded out the month.
In December, we frequented the Brussels Christmas Market. Nayra came to town to celebrate JMonty’s thirtieth. We took off to celebrate Christmas and his birthday in the warmth and there really aren’t very many warm places in Europe at this time of year, so the Canary Islands were really our only choice. And a layover in Barcelona meant we’d stay a couple days and ring in 2014 there. It was fab.