Because Carl was working in France, many of his colleagues invited us over to their homes to meet their families and share meals. These were some of my favorite moments in France because I got to see how they live, eat, and play. We had great conversations and the kids met some new friends (and so did we!).
This is Cyril’s wife and their guinea pig. Caleb adored this guinea pig. Check out the long hair on that thing! I loved going to Cyril’s home because he also spoke Spanish so we had quite the evening of speaking English, French and Spanish.
Eva loved the guinea pig, too, but she spent most of the time with their youngest daughter out on the swing set.
One afternoon was spent at the home of a family we met at church. Here is a picture of my kids with the youngest of their six (only 2 left at home).
We ate paella and then went for a 4K walk around their village. They live in a small village that doesn’t have any commerce. It is all residential. Basically there are several buildings surrounding a church and then some small farm houses around the way. They live right across the street from the church in a house that used to be a restaurant. On our walk we saw a lot of animals and ate wild strawberries from the side of the road. It was such a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
One day during our last week in Bourges, we went to a colleague’s home and had lunch. His name is Pierre and his wife, Pamela, is from Pennsylvania. Their teenage daughters spoke wonderful English and kept the kids engaged. Unfortunately, I took no pictures while we were there. We were having such a good time, it didn’t occur to me. We ate a wonderful pork loin, salad, cheese course, and a cherry custard dessert that was really yummy.
One evening we celebrated the birthday of Manot (the daughter of one of Carl’s colleagues) at the Bourges Fair. That night will get a post of its own, but here is a picture of Manot and her brother, Matthieu, on the bumper cars.
We made some great friends and if I ever go back there to visit, they will be the reason we do.