Beautiful Maine

As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in NJ, in the states for work this week. I took advantage of this business trip to take a couple days off and fly up to Maine to spend some time with my parents. We had a wonderful four days, and I saw lots of friends & family.

So here is a glimpse in photos, into some highlights of my week :

I did some Christmas shopping with my mom. Neither of us like to shop, but a trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without a stop at LL Bean.


We picked up a Christmas tree and decorated it. I would LOVE to have a real tree, but our apartment in Paris is too dry for it to last long. And you would never find something as full and beautiful as this :


We negotiated the price at 25 dollars. The price of trees was a topic of discussion all weekend….

I went to two parties, and also spent an evening out with my BFF from high school. Gluten free pizza and some drinks and gelato were part of the evening, before crashing by 11 p.m. We are such party animals.


I exercised five days this week, which is good considering international travel and change of routine. I ran in Paris on Monday & Tuesday where the weather continued to be gorgeous.


Wednesday was a long day of travel. There was NO RUNNING in Maine. The weather was so cold, and I am clearly not equipped.


So I did weights, high intensity and full body workouts in my parent’s warm basement. Thursday was legday, Saturday was chest / back / arms & Sunday was legs & Jillian Michael’s ab video. I needed all of that after the Holiday treat indulging I did.


I also had a full body, deep tissue massage. Hurts like x@*!# but feels so good.

Yeah, it was a good week.

And that’s a wrap !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Do you like deep tissue massage ? 

How much is a real tree where you live ?


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Comments: 32

  1. Marcia December 12, 2016 at 4:05 am Reply

    I loved seeing this LL Bean pic on IG! Can you believe we neglected to go there when we were in Maine? The horror! Wow Paris looks fantastic still! We have a 24+ hr snowstorm in progress so things look quite different.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:33 pm Reply

      I am glad I didn’t get stuck in a snowstorm this week, it would have been really inconveient… though I do love them.

  2. Clarinda December 12, 2016 at 4:37 am Reply

    So fun that you got to spend a few days in Maine visiting family and old friends. It’s definitely difficult to get back to cold weather running when you’re not used to it. 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:33 pm Reply

      I forgot how cold cold can be.

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy December 12, 2016 at 11:38 am Reply

    I’m glad that you’ve been able to spend time with your parents. First real snowfall of the season outside my door now . . . I see a lot of looping in my future. 🙁

    And 11 pm is way late for me!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply

      How much snow did you get ?

  4. Stacey December 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great week of family and friends! Coastal Maine is one of my favorite places-and you’re right, no trip to Freeport is complete without a visit to LLBean 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply

      And Freeport decorated for the holidays was GORGEOUS. Kind of made me forget the biting cold….

  5. Coco December 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply

    That tree is gorgeous and quite a bargain! I’m checking out of my hotel in NJ today heading into NYC for a few.

    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Sorry I missed you.

  6. Kimberly Hatting December 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Well, I grew up with an artificial tree, and that’s all I’ve ever known. After we were married, the husband and I always were on the road for Christmas (at either of our parents’ houses), so we were too fearful of leaving a real tree unattended for several days at a time. Then, we lived in Michigan, and the holiday trips were even more lengthy… I have no idea what a good price is for a tree….I think they vary anywhere between $25-$40 (??) in my area.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

      I like my artificial once but now that I have seen a real tree, it was so much more beautiful and smelled so lovely.

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I think it’s so great you got to see your parents again! We used to have real trees–I always thought that was so important, but after a few years of subpar trees, we bought an artificial tree and haven’t looked back. It’s nice because we can keep the tree up much longer. And no needles! Funny, on my way home from work this week, one of the local DJs (who is very funny) did a commentary on real vs fake trees. I never considered that real trees are full of pesticides and color enhancing chemicals. I guess you can’t win either way!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm Reply

      Not sure if a real tree from Maine is full of pesticides and such. You have gotten me thinking…. and scared.

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets December 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply

    What a wonderful visit! I really enjoyed going to Maine earlier this year, though I’m sure the weather is a bit tough to handle right now!

    Love the Christmas Tree! I paid $35 for mine and purchased at the local arboretum…probably will buy from somewhere else next year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:28 pm Reply

      I have been away from Maine so long in the winter that I actually forgot that it could get.that.cold.

  9. Darlene December 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Must have been cold in Main. Glad you got to spend time with your parents.

    We just got our first real snowfall.

    Hope they cleared the running paths.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm Reply

      LOL. Do they really clear the running paths ?

  10. Ana December 12, 2016 at 6:33 pm Reply

    aww!! that tree looks great!!

    Shopping with mom is so much fun!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:26 pm Reply

      Love the Holiday festivities in the US, and shopping during the week is so much better than on the weekend.

  11. Karen December 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm Reply

    That is a fabulous tree, very full! That sounds like a good price to me, btu I have no clue what they are running here.
    I would love to visit Maine, it looks so pretty. That is great you still got 5 days in – high five 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France December 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

      Thanks, it was a good time with my parents.

  12. Fairytales and Fitness December 13, 2016 at 3:45 am Reply

    WOW, you and your mom look like sister! I bet you hear that a lot, no?

    So I was wondering, did you happen to get your card from the card swap when you were in Maine? if not, I hope you get it in Paris soon.

    • Karen - Fit in France December 14, 2016 at 2:23 am Reply

      Yes, I look a lot like my mother. YEs, got the card 🙂

  13. Sonia December 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Very nice that you could visit Maine while you’re in the US. I LOVE deep tissue massage and my friend who’s a runner knows how to do it so that everything is fixed but I’m not sore afterward. She has magic hands!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 14, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

      Lucky you !

  14. Teresa December 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply

    $25 is an excellent price for a tree! I’ve paid as high as $100 …that was for a 8 ft tree, flocked and with lights already strung and let me tell you, it was worth every penny! Flocked trees are beautiful and need NO watering and will last all month. Anytime I can get a real tree and NOT have to put the lights on myself or water it at all, well…that’s a win!

    Looks like you had a great week in the states and did a great job getting workouts in which is so hard to do when you are not in your own routine. Safe travels back to Paris!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 14, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

      OMG I didn’t know they make trees like that ! Crazy.

  15. Tricia Vaughn December 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm Reply

    When you posted the picture and said guess where we are I had no idea, nope not a clue!!! Glad you got to spend some time with family and wow that tree does look nice and full! Just beautiful.
    You’ve really done great with keeping up in your workouts and running. Great balance from what I see. Keep it up lady!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 14, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

      I hope you can make it to Maine one day too ! LLBean is legend.

  16. HoHo Runs December 14, 2016 at 2:46 am Reply

    I swear, I can smell that tree! And what a bargain!! I miss my lifetime of mostly live trees, but after a couple of years of brown ones — I caved. It’s wonderful you were able to spend time with your family. My parents are both gone and I get a little sad around this time of year. I love a hurts so good massage! I’m planning on one next week after my last LONG run. Thanks for linking, Karen!

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