Friday, 19 July 2013

Une experience magnifique a Sarlat

Beginning with a warm greeting from the responsable, our trip at the Indigo Camping in Sarlat was great.  The tents were well equipped with stove, fridge, plates, silverware and all sorts of utensils which made cooking inside the tent a memorable and  an unusual experience. Cleaning the dishes in the communal sink  provided an opportunity to chat with the other campers, most of whom were staying in RVs.  There were raquets and ping pong paddles on hand for table or full sized tennis, and there was an outdoor and indoor pool, along with a sauna which was very welcome in the cooler temperature.  Our responsables were the best, offering advice on which canoe livery to take,  lending the phone to make reservations, and answering all the various questions I had during the day. We would definitely go again.   

Monday, 15 July 2013

le petit déj de mes rêves

I love France for the simple everyday things, breakfast for example.  There is nothing better than a toasted tranche of Poilane bread with salted beurre and jelly accompanied by a café crème.  I could eat breakfast all day.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Schools out?

Q and M were definitely excited about returning to Paris.  What didn't thrill them was the idea of going to school the Monday after their last day of U.S. school which was Friday.  What happened to summer vacation? they ask.  (They didn't seem to mind the part about staying with a family that they didn't know too well for 5 days).  Oh, you're still on vacation, it's like you are an anthropologist studying the french school system and noting similarities and differences.  Their faces were blank.  It'll just be like watching  a French movie, you won't have to do homework or anything....

So here are pictures of their first day of public French school.  They are both a bit nervous, but happy to go.  I receive a text from M that evening that said.  You were wrong.  I DO have to do homework.  Other than Q getting all scraped up from falling while playing soccer in the courtyard, and that little disappointment regarding homework, the kids seemed to have a good time.  M's teacher had the class make welcome cards and goodbye cards that are very darling.  The teacher was very happy to receive her, and invited her back in the future.  I'm not sure I could convince them to do it again...