Last night, our friends the Mopins, had us over for dinner. It was a fabulous dinner and a great night! We can truly say that these folks are now our friends. They are sending their oldest daughter to spend a month with us next summer and we're hoping they'll come visit for a couple of weeks next year too. We are also looking at spending another month in France next year (perhaps in Strasbourg) and they've invited us to stay with them for a bit. We are so lucky to have met them!
Here are a few photos from last night.
Here's Eva, their beautiful Percheron draft horse.
Here's Mona, Juliet & Laurent, plus most of us.
Juliet will be visiting us next summer.
Part of their lovely country home.
Appetizers....lovely, yummy grougeres that Juliet made (best we had in France!)
Sitting down for dinner.
Absolutely fabulous beef bourguigon...best meal we had in France....everyone swiped their plates clean (with bread of course!!!) Mona made an incredible tiramisu for dessert, which I didn't get a photo of...c'est tres bon!
And, of course, wonderful wine!
Our delightful hosts...Laurent & Johanna!
This might be my last post from France. I don't know if we'll have wifi at the hotel and if we do, whether I'll be too tired to write. This won't be my last post though. I've found writing my blog to be very cathartic. Both what I actually write and what I just say in my head, but choose not to share with the world. That's the stuff that's probably been most helpful for me. So, I'm going to keep writing. We'll see if I have anything interesting to say once I get home.
I did want to write about the sunflowers. The sunflowers here are an absolute metaphor for our time in France. When we landed and drove to our new home, we saw fields of beautiful green, next to the golden fields of hay and wheat. We didn't know what they were. Even after we got out and looked at the plants, we couldn't quite tell what they were...they were still new....still a mystery, just like our new home.
And then, the sunflowers decided to reveal themselves...just as we were discovering France and starting to understand her ways a little bit. Her beauty, her mystery, her great food, her wonderful people.
And now it's time to leave...we're sad to leave. We've had a wonderful adventure...one that we will never forget. And we feel a little like the sunflowers, who are at the end of their season, waiting to be harvested.
Still beautiful, in their own special way.
Au revoir...bonne journee!