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100 Goals for France: Take Two — A lot of world to see

100 Goals for France: Take Two


If you may or may not know, I spent 5 months in France in 2014. In September I’ll be off to Europe again as I’ve accepted a job as an English-Teaching assistant for the academic year in Académie Nancy-Metz. The first time I went to France I made a list of 100 goals to accomplish in my old blog because that’s what my high school French teacher had them do. Those first goals were pretty cute and included things like ‘get on a plane for the first time’. However, I did do most if not all of them some of which I swapped out for cooler things I ended up doing. Now that I’m experienced it’s a little different but I’m also trying to get to things I missed out on and branch out a little more. So here’s the next 100, definitely comment if you have a suggestion and we’ll see if I accomplish them all!

  1. Meet my German relatives (Cousins of my grandma on my mom’s side)
  2. Keep blogging the whole time
  3. Do solo trips
  4. Do group trips
  5. Take lots of pictures
  6. Find a way to do something with ticket stubs and souvenirs
  7. Find good and not touristy souvenirs
  8. Actually keep a written journal this time
  9. Successfully complete TAPIF!
  10. Teach my students a bit about me, my background and Michigan
  11. Try the cheese and wine of my region
  12. Rent a bike in Paris!
  13. Sainte Chapelle in Paris
  14. Go to a ‘speakeasy’ in Paris
  15. Go to Cafe les deux magots- or somewhere that Simone de Beauvoir wrote/hungout
  16. Bois de Vincennes- Largest public park in Paris
  17. Bois de Boulogne
  18. Angelica’s- cafe for hot chocolate
  19. Go to a flea market/antique market
  20. Go to an open-air market
  21. La Promenade Plantée- an elevated park in Paris
  22. Do the catacombs
  23. Go geocaching
  24. Okay fine, actually pay to go up the Eiffel Tower this time
  25. Go up the Notre Dame (I missed the staircase!)
  26. Visit at least one grad school abroad
  27. Visit a brewery in France
  28. Visit a Winery in France
  29. See a musical in French
  30. Go to a concert in France
  31. Make French friends (for real this time)
  32. Master French slang
  33. Get fluent-fluent
  34. Go to a country where I don’t speak the language!
  35. Visit the Netherlands- Amsterdam
  36. Van Gough Museum
  37. Anne Frank Haus, and more in Amsterdam
  38. Visit Belgium- Brussels
  39. See the Manneken Pis in Belgium
  40. Go to Lindeman’s in vlezenbeek, Blegium where my favorite framboise Belgian Lambic beer is made
  41. Visit Denmark- Copenhagen
  42. Visit Spain- Barcelona
  43. Eat tapas and drink sangria in Spain
  44. Hagia Sophia
  45. Visit Strasbourg
  46. Visit Bordeaux
  47. Visit Burgandy
  48. Visit Germany Hamburg, Berlin
  49. Visit the Czech-Republic (Czechia)- Prague
  50. Marseille and/or Nice
  51. Aix-en-Provence
  52. Pont au Double where they danced in American in Paris and Audrey Hepburn stood in Charade
  53. Visit Audrey Hepburn’s grave and home in Tolochenaz, Switzerland
  54. Go to Switzerland
  55. Visit Kilomètre Zéro again
  56. Visit Hungary Budapest
  57. Visit at least one country in Scandinavia
  58. Visit Italy see what the whole fuss is all about.
  59. Roman Holiday
  60. Visit Ireland Belfast
  61. Go back to London-UK to go see all the things I didn’t see last time
  62. See a British actor in London
  63. Find a cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote and buy a copy of Harry Potter there
  64. Go back to Luxembourg because it’ll be so close
  65. Become 100% confident with grammar, slang and speaking
  66. Be reunited with my beloved white chocolate kinder buenos
  67. Be reunited with my favorite “deluxe potatoes” at McDonalds
  68. Eat doner kebab for the first time in forever
  69. Get a giant Kinder Surprise for Easter
  70. Visit B-Town! Do all of my favorite things in Besancon
  71. Visit some fellow Broncos Abroad
  72. Visit some new small, story-book like cities in France
  73. Visit my host family
  74. Visit someone from the CLA
  75. Find a favorite bakery that’s not a chain
  76. Eat Pizza in Italy (Only because it’s obligatory). Venice, Rome
  77. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  78. Statue of David
  79. Colosseum/Ruins in Italy
  80. Finally go to the south of France and go to the beach
  81. Visit a Vineyard in France
  82. Visit a real Chateau
  83. Find le petit triton in the Versailles Gardens
  84. Visit a Lavender Field in France
  85. Visit a place where perfume is made in France
  86. Visit the Christmas Markets in France!
  87. Go vintage clothing shopping in Paris
  88. Buy one of the infamous English sayings shirts for fun
  89. Go to Mont St. Michel
  90. Avenue Montaigne- Like that movie and the theatre cafe
  91. Go to a huge bibliothèque (library)
  92. Museum Georges Pompidou
  93. Montparnasse Cemetery-where Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Serge Gainsbourg
  94. Monet’s Garden in Giverny
  95. Go to a museum in Paris I haven’t been to yet like the Rodin Museum
  96. Celebrate American holidays abroad, Thanks giving, Halloween
  97. Christmas and New Years (bonne année!)  and eat another kings cake (galette des rois)
  98. Go to some kind of Music Festival
  99. Continue to not have an allergic reaction to peanuts abroad
  100. Pack my bags up after 9-10 abroad and come back to the states
  101. Also decide on grad school….

So there’s a bonus goal in there, but I’d like to here your suggestions. As a more experienced traveler this time, where should I go and what should I do that I haven’t done yet?


  1. fromdreamtoplan
    June 15, 2016

    Hi Elisabeth! Happy to have found your blog! I’m a travel lover too so following you will definitely be interesting!
    I read your bio and you really have inspiring experiences! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    1. Elisabeth King
      June 15, 2016

      Thank you Lisa! It’ll get more exciting when I’m actually abroad again.

      1. fromdreamtoplan
        June 15, 2016

        My pleasure! 🙂

  2. tanisadiva
    June 16, 2016

    27, 28, 38, 53, 54, 64… LETS! I’ll try to get an intern at Belgium, Luxembourg or Swiss for my next semester!

    1. Elisabeth King
      June 16, 2016

      I can’t wait to see you!!

  3. sheseeksadventures
    July 1, 2016

    These goals are amazing! I’m sure you will achieve all of them. I think this is a fantastic idea for my future travels and for the next two years of my life as I conquer grad school. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Elisabeth King
      July 2, 2016

      Definitely! I made my first list for my study abroad because that’s what my high school French teacher had her students do. And you end up accomplishing most of them or even switching them out for cooler things!

  4. wwtfrance
    September 25, 2016

    Liz–I enjoyed reading your new goals–they are so ambitious!! Bonne chance. I know that you will be experiencing even so much more! Je suis fière de toi. Tu es si courageuse. Dieu te bénisse.

    1. Elisabeth King
      September 25, 2016

      Thank you Suzie! Gros bisous


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