Football fever in Lyon

In July, when UEFA Euro 2016 in France was in full swing, my husband, who is a big football (soccer) fan, asked me if I want to attend one of the matches of the tournament. Of course, I would never say no to attending one of the biggest sports event of this summer so we started planning our trip.

At the time, there were still many matches at the tournament to be played. After considering our schedules and the convenience of the locations of the venues, we decided to attend the semi-final match held at the Stade des Lumières in Lyon. At the time, we didn’t know which two teams are going to play. With the progress of the tournament it became known our match will be the played between Wales and Portugal. Because my father-in-law is huge fan of Portugal’s star player Christiano Ronaldo, he expressed the interest in him and and mother-in-law joining us. Just the few days before the match, we somehow manage to buy the additional two tickets for them. We’ve booked them the plane tickets and voila, what was meant to be trip of two, became a family trip. Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Florianópolis

Today’s Blast from the Past post is taking you back to November 2009, when my boyfriend (now husband) and I travelled around Brazil. After São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, we’ve stopped at the capital of Santa Catarina state – at Florianópolis.

Floripa, as Florianópolis is sometime called, is famous for its beautiful scenery and long sandy beaches. We spent our time there meeting my boyfriend’s university classmates, exploring the area and relaxing at some of those beautiful beaches. Because my boyfriend loves football (soccer) and Brazil is the “the country of football” we also attended a football match. We saw Florianópolis’ team Avai playing against Santos FC from São Paulo.

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