In France: The view of the farmlands from the plane prior to landing; greener than anything currently in the midwest. Rude French people? - NO! Everyone we came into contact with was friendly and eager to help, in fact we were mistaken for being a French couple at the London airport by an elderly French couple who asked for assistance, after we had greeted them earlier with a polite "bonjour", and then had to explain "No, parlez vous Englaise"? Luckily they did "parle" English, and chuckled about the mistake. Crazy drivers? I'm guessing there is a motorcycle helmet law in France - as those bikers will weave through traffic- driving ON the dotted white division lines in 3-4 lanes of traffic, and the motorcycle cops do the same! We've checked into a lovely hotel after getting an impromptu tour from a friendly cabbie - saw Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and some yummy-looking open-air fruit/vegetable markets. I hope today's note goes through well - as the internet hookup we've attached to only offers FRENCH prompts for me to get through. Viva la France!
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman