The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Flying Away

     Today I'm heading to France, so I'll be gone for a couple of weeks... which means my throngs of three followers will be disappointed thrilled. 

      With me will be my daughter and granddaughter... which means this is a trip of a lifetime.

       We will be staying with my French sister. Thirty-nine years ago, a French girl named Virginie came to live with my family for a year through AFS. Ever since, we have considered ourselves sisters. 

        Along with the bread and the cheese and the bread and the wine and the bread and the scenery, we will also get to visit (I am hoping) with Olivier, one of Virginie's brothers. Olivier has visited the US several times over the years, and is quite charming and funny.

       On one of my previous visits to France, we stayed with Olivier at his house near the beach. Olivier instructed us--when opening them--to point the champagne bottles toward a stand of pine trees because he was "growing champagne trees." He also reassured us that we could use as much water as we wanted, as he'd rigged the water meter so that it ran in reverse.

       So, in the next couple of weeks if you hear of an international disturbance in Nay (a tiny village outside of Pau), please send bail money.

       In euros, of course...

21 comments:

  1. Oliver is welcome to visit me! Does he do cable, too? Have a tres bon voyage!

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    1. Tammy--Merci!

      Unfortunately, Olivier only does champagne gardens and "adjusting" water bills.

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  2. Oh you will have stories to share, but we will miss you for a while. I am so happy for you that you get to go for some extraordinary fun! Enjoy it all! Eat some bread for me too!

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    1. Claudia--I sure I will eat bread for dozens of people.

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  3. Sounds like you have a fabulous get-a-way ahead of you! Do you like bread? Looks like I am the third follower who will miss you. Who will I discuss my impending retirement with while you're away?

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    1. Val--I have signed up for hourly updates to your retirement, so don't worry.

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  4. Olivier sounds like a hoot, so it's no wonder the two of you get along so well. And what a lucky lady is Virginie to be your "sis." Safe travels, my friend! Take lots of photos, and enjoy the heck out of your girls. Oh, the memories you will make...!

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    1. Lisa--It has been so so memorable so far.

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  6. You are going to have so much fun. Eat some bread for me, too. Pop a cork and enjoy.

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    1. Linda--We have popped at least one cork every night.

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  7. So thrilled for you! I hope your trip is filled with love and laughter and lots of stories when you return!

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    1. Donna--So far, it's all been tears of joy and lots of laughter and memories that will last a lifetime.

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    1. Michael--Oui. I said the most important thing three times.

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  9. Just got back to find that you're gone! Au revoir, Sioux! A bientot!

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  10. Have tons of fun, Sioux. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Pat--Our only unpleasant moment was over a big luggage snafu. Other than that, it HAS been oodles of fun.

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  12. Are you back? Can't wait to hear all about it!

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