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French Friday #36: My next home

We’ve been in the cabin for five months now. We had Christmas here; we survived an ice storm that knocked power out for five days; we watch the river rise with each rain storm and go down a couple days later. We’ve caught seventeen mice and have evicted a bat and a flying squirrel. We’ve relaxed our standards of housekeeping because a layer of dirt, ash, and pine needles is just a fact of life here. We’ve roasted hot dogs and marshmallows in the fireplace; there is no oven here which makes cooking interesting. There are ups and downs to living here; overall it has been a good season of our life. That doesn’t stop a girl from daydreaming, though. I’d live in any of these places (all photos are mine).

Hôtel Sully in Paris (hôtel means mansion).

Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

Fontainebleau Palace


I’m not picky.

French Friday #20: Mystery and Serenity

Have you ever seen something so beautiful that it makes your heart ache? A scene so exquisite that you wish time could stop, but you know it won’t, so you try to absorb everything around you to preserve the memory. We came across a few of those places during our time in France. After last week’s horror show, I thought we could all use some pretty to set us off on daydreams for the weekend. Enjoy. (All photos are mine or my family’s).

Mont Saint-Michel. Looking out to sea at low tide.

Eglise St. Léonard in Fougères.

On the grounds at Chantilly.

A pietà in the Eglise St. Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris.

The American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy.

Double rainbow over Montmartre at nightfall.