Today the Cowgirls started off their day in Grenoble! But quickly took off early in the morning to the city of loooooove (Paris). Along the way we had a great view of the French Alps and France's country side.
Today was by far one the most exciting days as the Cowgirls got to watch the USWNT take on Chile in the Parc de Princes Stadium in Paris! Crazy!! Within the first 10 minutes of the game, Carli Lloyd scored by an amazing upper 90 shot, followed by a header by Julie Ertz, and another header by Carli Lloyd. The stadium was packed with over 45,000 people and we ran into one of our former teammates Sofia Quijano! Definitely a day to remember!!
Tomorrow we get to spend the day hanging out and playing soccer with local kids, can't wait to share the sport we all love with them and make many more memories, Au revoir!!
Today the Cowgirls spent the morning in Grenoble!!! We toured the city with our tour guide Sophie, and learned about the history of the city. At one point in time, Grenoble was surrounded by a massive stone wall. Today in the streets you can see where the wall once was. Some of the Cowgirls enjoyed shopping, and others explored the city.
Later in the day, we took a short two-hour bus ride to Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The Cowgirls got free time to shop and explore the beautiful city by Lake Geneva. A funny story, well sort of funny, a massive storm hit 10 minutes before we were supposed to be on the bus!! We ran through the storm and along the way Mackensie dropped her iPhone without knowing. We searched for twenty minutes in puddles mid-calf deep. We decided to check one more time before leaving Switzerland, and we found the phone submerged in a puddle. Mackensie's phone was unharmed and after sitting in a little bag of rice for the entire World Cup game, her phone will live to see another day here in France!!!
To finish the day, the Cowgirls ventured back to Grenoble, where we got to watch Canada and New Zealand play in the World Cup. Canada finished the game with a 2-0 win!
Tomorrow we are headed to Paris to finish out our trip. We cannot wait for all of the memories and adventures to come!
Today was the Cowgirls first full day in France!! They started off with a breakfast that was a little different than in Italy, but the croissants were absolutely delicious. After breakfast, the team took a bus ride into Monaco which isn't too far from Nice. Monaco is filled with historical buildings and information. Luckily, we had Mary-Christine, a tour guide that led us through the country. Monaco happens to be the second smallest country in the world and typically wealthy people are found living there.
The tour started with visiting a beautiful cathedral. As we were walking through, we noticed others praying by certain statues with small candles that were lit. Next, Mary-Christine took the team to see a palace where a prince currently lived. Apparently, people are fascinated with watching the guard change take place at noon every single day.
The Cowgirls were then free to shop and eat wherever they pleased before heading back to the bus. Once back on the bus, we headed back to Nice for another tour and some shopping. We visited Fragonard, a perfume factory which proved to be a successful trip for a lot of the girls!!
After exploring Nice we headed toward the stadium so we could play our first international game!! The Cowgirls finished the game strong with an 8-0 win over Etoile Sportive Contoise. After the game, the hosts had prepared tons of food for the players. The girls had fun dancing with the other team and learning more about the French culture. We are so excited to be in such a beautiful country and we can't wait to explore more of France!!
Aly Zinglemann and Kayla Gable
Today the Cowgirls began their day with another sweet breakfast filled with pastries and coffee. We then had free time to explore and shop in the small town of Arona, Italy. There were tons of cute shops and places to put our feet in the beautiful Lago Maggiore. We then ate a delicious lunch of chicken and veggies at Giardino Pizzeria within the Arona Square. Next the team departed on a 5-hour drive to Nice, France. We slept almost the whole way and accidentally missed our grand entrance. We did get to hear some of La La's (our guide) favorite European songs though starring Alvaro Soler who she claims to be the most handsome man in the world.
After settling into the hotel we left for the best part of our day by far. We got to go to our first World Cup game of the trip! France defeated Norway 2-1 in an amazing game, with an own goal and a penalty! There were a total of 34,872 people attending the game and we feel lucky to have been able to be 31 of them! We can't wait to get to play some soccer tomorrow and are LOVING FRANCE!!
The Cowgirls have completed day one in Italy! Our day started off with a buffet filled with sweet pastries, cereal, and juices. Our tour guide, Illaria (La la for short), informed us on how Italians don't eat breakfast, and when they do it is NEVER salty or savory foods. Instead they prefer to drink coffee, which to us Americans is a cup of espresso. So as you can imagine, breakfast was a lot different for us, but we are not complaining!! Bread bread bread!!
After we were all full, we took a short drive to Lake Maggiore where we hopped on a boat and headed over to an island which was home to the Borromeo Palace. This palace was built by the Borromeo family and holds over 100 paintings. One room held only a table given by the pope to the family. This palace was built specifically to show their visitors their power and wealth. There we toured the ground floor and first floor of the palace. Parts of the 2nd floor, along with the 3rd and 4th are off limits to tourists, as they are reserved for the family when they visit the island in the summer.
The palace was surrounded by beautiful gardens, where ducks and even peacocks roamed the grounds.
After visiting Isola Bella, we took the boat back to the mainland. We ate lunch and enjoyed free time in the Stresa town square. After returning back to our hotel in Arona, we enjoyed the lakefront for the rest of the evening. Pizzerias and gelato shops were found on every corner! And of course, us cowgirls had to stop and try!!! Situated right on Lake Maggiore, Arona is beautiful and vibrant, and the Cowgirls enjoyed experiencing the Italian culture! WE LOVE ITALY AND CAN'T WAIT FOR DAY TWO!!!