Sometimes, it seems that I’m being unappreciative to my family I visit in the US. But when I return back to France again, I can’t believe how happy I feel. I’m at home. But at the same time, I’m on a great adventure.
For now, I’ve reveled in spending time with my adorable grandchildren in Georgia for the last two months. We played together like I always imagined, enjoying three and five-year-old grandchildren. Tea parties, visits to a dinosaur museum, lunch on a red caboose, and birthday parties. We did them all.
Then, it was time to say “goodbye.” At least now they’re recognizing that “Grandma will come back.” Perhaps it gives us all a chance to rewind.
Back to France
The journey back to France this time was complicated slightly by the fact that I haven’t totally recuperated from my September accident. Knowing I had to spend part of the trip on a train, I had to pack light. That doesn’t mean my suitcase wasn’t overloaded with goodies to return to France. This time, I was transporting jewelry-making materials to an American friend near Uzés. A good half of my 38 pounds of luggage was devoted to clasps, findings, and other jewelry components that are hard to find near here. For my efforts, my friend is bartering her talent for painting furniture. She’s already transformed my office desk from a dull brown to a stylish French Provençal white. Perfect for my new apartment!
Along the way … Dordogne
Living in the south of France gives me a chance to stop along the way back from the US. I visited some of the Plus Beaux Villages of France on this trip. Remember, it’s now my new obsession: to see as many Plus Beaux Villages as possible. So, for four days, I spent part of every day exploring a different spot in the Dordogne. In the following posts, I will share some sights and thoughts about Monpazier, St. Jean de Cole, Beynac-et-Cazenac, and Castlenaud-la-Chappelle.
Stay tuned …