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Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fantastic day so far.

I woke up at 7 am, but didn't get up until 9. I watched TV and laid around. I got ready and headed over to the market. I was shocked at how big it was. DH had told me one whole street was used in addition to the cathedral square, but it was never like that when I was here. Today it was though. Wow. Tons of people and vendors of all kinds. It was great!

I purchased a few items and took a break with a Coke Lite for awhile. I did some videotaping also. I had a great time. I talked at length with the soap guy, smelling the different scents...working out with him some of the French words and what they meant in English, like Romain is Thyme. I talked to another vendor (clothes) who saw me taking pictures, and he asked what newspaper the pictures were for, lol. We talked in a mixture of English and French for awhile, same with a guy who sells fabric that he buys in India.

After awhile I was starving since I'd only had the Coke, and it was noon. I went over to my favorite place, La Passiflore, hoping she would be open. She was! She greeted me warmly and even shook my hand; she remembered me. I was lucky I got there when I did, the place completely filled up. I had a wonderful salad and slice of Tart des Bettes (spinach with mushrooms), then my favorite tea that she has...Earl Grey French Blue by Mariages Freres. I looked at decorating magazines as usual. It was so relaxing. I could go there every day.

When I was paying the bill, she told me that DH had showed her a picture of me when he was there and she remembered me...and some other stuff, but I got the gist of what she meant. He had told me the story. She asked if she would see me later, and I said a demain (tomorrow!).

From there I started to head back to the hotel with an hour before meeting the architect. On the way I spotted a dog store/grooming place called, Funky Toilettage. I just looked inside for awhile. At first I thought they were closed, but then I saw a couple of girls grooming a dog. I went in, and they said a bunch of stuff in French that I didn't understand. One of them goes, "English boy," and pointed in another room. He came out and said, "Not English, Scottish." Although, really, I'd say mainly French.

I had a fantastic time talking to them and telling them (or trying to) about my American Hairless Terrier, Pasha. They had big charts on the wall with lots of terriers, but it didn't show a Rat Terrier, which is the closest to an AHT. There were dogs running around. One was a French bulldog that wanted nothing more than to play with his ball. He was so cute. I also got to meet the guard goldfish that protects the store. ha ha They gave me a card for when I am here with Pasha to make an appointment, which will have to be to cut her nails since she doesn't have hair--coupe l'ongles (if I spelled it right).

Anyway, it's time for me to go downstairs and meet with the architect. We have many things to do.

More later...

OK, so I got back just a bit ago from my meeting. First we visited a house currently being renovated. Originally, it was a pigeonnaire (sp?--a pigeon house), and it has been turned into a house with a new addition. She mainly wanted to show me the spiral staircase, which we will have, but we walked the whole house and looked at different things.

Then we went to a company that cuts granite, quartz, marble, corian, etc for kitchens and bathrooms. We started out in the small showroom looking at the quartz/resin, Corian, and Silestone. I'm not sure about the quartz, but the Corian and Silestone are more expensive than granite so we went through the work area to the back to look at big slabs. I like the black ones, and not only are there different blacks (some with sparkles, spots, shiny splotches, etc), but there were also different surface textures: polished, cuir (leather...sort of a medium texture which I liked), and a rough or natural look. She gave the architect samples of a couple I liked.

Then we went to the house to chronicle the items I want to keep. She will have to move the items to her office or home so they don't get thrown out during demolition. I feel bad that she has to do that, but I'm thankful that she's willing to do so. I downsized the amount of items to lessen the burden on her.

We went back to her office for a quick discussion before she went to another appointment. So she will get a quote for the cave in the next few days, and be working on putting together the plans. We should be able to start demolition/excavation in July. Once the house is stabilized, with the main walls up and roof done, then the plan is to come back to finalize some of the other details.

So exciting! Things are finally moving forward. Really and truly.

p.s. The architect's dog, Flint, is a huge, adorable lab. He likes to lay on my feet when I am sitting at her desk.

Also, there's some sort of shindig going on outside and inside the hotel. There are a lot of dressed up people gathering, and tables have been set up. I think it has something to do with the Chapelle de Penitents Noirs, which is right next to the hotel. But I'm not really sure. It's 6:30 pm. I'm going to want dinner soon, but not before I see what's going on! (I'm glad I have a balcony right above all the commotion)
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