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Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
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Hotel Les Fleurines

Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Friday, September 17, 2010

Got up at a decent time today...8:00 am. Showered, got ready, and went downstairs for breakfast in the hotel. I thought I'd try it out. Especially, since I needed to wait for a call to meet with the engineer and agent.

I had a nice pot of tea, but the rest was not as satisfying. Interestingly, they had pancakes and maple syrup from Canada. They were cold though. I had pain au chocolat, but even that was kind of stale. American soap operas were playing on the tv: Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. The characters on Days were the same as when I watched it in high school and college!

I called the lady that is supposed to help set up the water and electricity, but I just got her voicemail. I'll have to try her again later, I guess.

It's overcast and chilly today.

I got word, finally, that the engineer was caught up in other things. So I decided to go out, otherwise I was going to fall asleep. I wanted to buy some gloves, but the stores were closed for lunch. It's difficult to get used to this schedule. In the U.S. things just don't close for 3 or 4 hours for lunch!

I walked around, took pictures of the train station, and found a place that might be good for buying gloves. It didn't open back up until 3 pm, so I needed to find something else to do. So I went to the lovely tea shop, La Passiflore. This time I had lavender green tea and fondant chocolat tart. Yumm.

When I got there a lady was in my spot by the window, but she left. The owner cleared it for me so I could sit there and look at the decorating magazines like I did the other day. I have a feeling I might become a regular there!

I walked over to the store and had to wait a little bit for it to open. It kind of reminded me of a 7-11. I had no idea until I got inside; it was difficult to see in from the outside. However, they had pink cleaning gloves for 1.05 euros! Parfait!

So I headed over to the house. It was still a bit overcast with the sun peeking out every now and then. It made a difference inside the was much darker inside than it was the other day when the sun was shining bright.

I put my gloves and mask on. The smell inside the house, especially on the main floor, is not great. I opened all the windows to air things out. There were a couple of big containers in the kitchen that once had photo developing chemicals in them. I took them down to the garage. I think those were part of the problem.

Oddly, the air is much fresher in the attic, despite the knee-deep bird poop. I guess there is something good about the swiss-cheese roof--plenty of ventilation. It was too dark up there for me to do much digging around, but I cleaned off a red bottle and brought it down to the kitchen.

I wanted to spend more time, but it was just too dark to get much done. Hopefully, the sun will shine over the weekend, and I can see a little better.

On my way back to the hotel, I went into a book store. I spent a lot of time looking at French books--books to learn French that is. The lady spoke English and was very helpful. I ended up getting 2 books that are very different than what we have in the US. The directions are in French and have a different approach.

I then went to the iced tea place. I'll probably be a regular there too! I sat for quite awhile, sipping my iced tea and reading my French books. I had to constantly use the French-English dictionary that I borrowed from our agent. I am really frustrated, though, because I don't know as much as I would like.

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