Parlez-vous bucket list?


AGMA’s getting ready for a bucket list experience.

Okay – it wasn’t really on my bucket list, but then again, I don’t really have a bucket list.

Well, I do, but it’s a dynamic list. Most things get added after I’ve done them.

It’s also a mental list. God forbid I writing/type anything down. That would be a bit too ‘restrictive’. And concrete.

AGMA likes flexiblity.

It’s just soooooo satisfying to add things to my mental bucket list after I’ve done them, then mentally check them off the list.

I think there might be a diagnosis for that.

Hubs and I leave on Sunday for 23 days in France.

What?? 23 days?? Are you crazy?? Are you rich??

23 days in France. Yes. Maybe. No.

We made the airline reservations way back in January right before the inauguration. Getting out of the country for an extended period seemed like a really good idea at the time.

Still does.

And we caught an amazing sale. $394 RT per person from ATL to CDG.

Yeah we did!

And we were heady at the prospects of Hubs impending retirement and no restrictions on vacation length anymore. We really didn’t think through the budget restrictions we would have after retirement…

But AGMA’s a ‘value’ travel planner so I think we’ll be okay.

Lots of Airbnb’s and budget hotels. But they all have good reviews, so no bed bugs. Hopefully.

And lots of ‘value’ meals. We need to cut back on calories anyway.

AGMA’s going to try to post while we are gone. ‘Try’ being the operative word. I might just post a “Hello, we are in ______. Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.”

We’ll see how things go.

Getting back to the bucket list experience that I didn’t know was on my bucket list until February…

Since I was planning on running the Rome marathon in April, I figured AGMA would make 2017 the year of the international marathon. I started looking for a marathon to run in Europe during this trip.

And boy, did I find one!

It’s called the Marathon du Medoc and is unlike any other marathon in the world.

Turns out, it’s on many runner’s bucket lists. Who knew?

It’s in the Bordeaux region of France where some of the best wines in the the universe are produced.

So it would be natural that instead of water stops for runners, there are wine stops right?

Twenty (20) to be exact, from some of the top wine Chateau’s in the world. Actually, you can get water at the wine stops too, but seriously?


Aside from the wine, there are ‘nutrition’ stops. But instead of the orange slices and bananas and energy gels you get at a normal marathon, they will have breads and sweets and meats and cheeses.

BONUS – at mile 20…oysters!

Finally, all the runners dress up. Well – the fun ones dress up. Which is about 90% of the 8500 runners.

Hey, AGMA’s fun.

But AGMA has to schlep my costume across the Atlantic in my little suitcase. So I opted for compact, easy to run in and cheap so I can pitch it all afterwards.

And nothing says compact, easy to run in and cheap like HULA GIRL!!

Yes – AGMA is going to be a hula girl. But don’t expect any pictures. Nah baby nah.

I don’t mind exposing my chubby arms and midriff to a bunch of crazy, drunk French strangers, but to post a picture of Hula AGMA for the rest of the world to see…

Oh, the humanity!

The marathon time limit is 6 hours and 30 minutes. My fastest marathon was 6 hours and 10 minutes. And I thought I was going to die afterwards.

This does not bode well. Especially since there’s wine involved.

But then again, maybe the wine will help.

So AGMA’s decided not to stress about it and just enjoy what is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. If I end up swimming in the pond at Chateau Lafite Rothschild for the afternoon, so be it.

Two things I know for sure. It’s going to be unlike anything I’ve ever done. And I’m gonna come back with some pretty good stories.

Aging Gracefully My Ass!

Catch you on the other side of the Pond.

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29 thoughts on “Parlez-vous bucket list?

  1. This is amazing!! May your feet sprout wings so that you soar like the eagle, may your legs carry you swiftly to the finish line and may the wine keep flowing! A vacation with style, may it be all you hope for and more.

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    • Thanks so much Ellen! I would LOVE to sprout wings – anywhere! And my poor little stumpy legs… But the good thing is that they aren’t built for speed but they sure are built for endurance! Ha! Again, thanks for your kind thoughts!


    • Trust me Andrew… No picture will be a blessing! You wouldn’t be able to unsee the chubby midriff rolls!

      Thanks so much for your good wishes! I think I’ll have some time to write the week after the marathon. Not sure I’ll have much to say though… 😉

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  2. Wow! wine AND running???!!!! you have inspired me to consider BIKING through wine country. And bike outfits are costumes enough.

    But really–no photos? You get us excited about the hula costume and then — no photos? That seems downright mean.

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    • It’s for your own good Shelley, trust me… It would be something that you could not unsee.

      Wine and running – not really a natural combination. Throw in some raw oysters and whoa!!

      A friend of mine and her husband did a bike trip around Mallorca and ended up each day drinking wine. They had a GREAT time!! Go for it!


  3. Hey we leave on Wednesday for Paris/Ireland. I thought we got a good deal of $600 to Paris from JFK. Heck, I wish I had gotten yours. We could have driven to Atlanta and spent the night.

    Have a great time and run like hell!

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    • Thanks so much for your good wishes! I’ll be happy to finish…

      Scotts Cheap Flights is my source for AMAZING airfares! There’s a free email subscription option and one you pay for. It’s like $29.99 annually, but you get it back and more when you book.

      Have a wonderful time on your trip Irene!! Where are you going in Ireland?


  4. I’m with Marty – travel safe, drink safe, run safe. Personally I’m thinking … do you have to technically finish the marathon to claim you ran “in it”? I cannot imagine running and drinking at 20 wine stops! But I’m a total lightweight, 2 glasses and I’m down. Enjoy your trip. Lovely time of year to be there.

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    • Thanks for the good wishes! No – you don’t have to finish to say you ran in it, but I like to get the medal and you do have to finish to get that! Motivation… Will try to post a bit today about the marathon today. And the weather is a bit cooler than we expected with on and off showers. Our hosts here in Brittany says this is more like April weather than September. But clearly not like TX, FL and GA – YIKES!

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  5. You are amazing! I’m bummed, though, that there will be no hula-runner pics. Baring that, I hope you can post other marathon pictures. I can only imagine how amazing he event – and your entire vacation – will be!

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      • Oh, that’s great!. Going on holiday on my own is a ‘bucket list experience’ in its own right but other things to tick off are to visit a Commonwealth War Grave, feed animals at a zoo, visit Mont St Michel (along with St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, UK at some point), add to my TripAdvisor reviews/photos, work on my ‘try 50 new foods’ target, etc….oh and visit Valley of the Saints in Brittany which looks amazing!! No doubt will think of lots more. No long to go 🙂

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