France Day 20 - Not your average day of Chillin'
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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Started simple enough. I woke up with the kids to let The Queen sleep in. Then, a trip to the boulangerrie for a bag full of necessities (financier, chocolate almond croissant, and chocolate bread for the kids). And then, we got dressed, packed up the red backpack full of toys from the toy room, and headed down to the tennis club for some tennis.
Oh, before I forget ... more good music: Miossec "L'etreinte"
Janice found her serve ... I found my backhand. We both played really well today ... and she DESTROYED me. 6-3, 6-1. DOH! Just as we started winding down the game, I noticed a shiny green Austin Martin pull up and a gray haired gentleman step out of it
Back to our house for some work, trampoline time with the kids, rest, and grub. I am eating so much fat here its ridiculous. My lunch consisted of a big ol' plate of cheese, butter, and rillettes ... and bread. I kid you not. I might die from the food here, but damnit, ... I'll die happy.
3:45pm rolls around and we pile in the car and head out towards Briace Cottage
We come to find out that this is where the family has typically spent its summers. Today, there are only Hubert and his wife and daughter, the sister (her husband is in Paris working) and her daughte ... and us. All the siblings used to come, and when the kids were younger the houses and land were full of people. Now, its quiet and serene. Turns out the land has been in the family for over 100 years. Thats so cool! A good portion of the land is leased to a farmer who raises nearly 80 cows and carries corn crops to support them.
After meeting Hubert's daughter and neice, we head to the clay court that is kept on the property
We end our day with Hubert and his family enjoying water, juice, and a green mint syrup on the front terrace of their 'cottage'. The daughters are great with the kids ... its too bad we didn't meet them earlier to have them help babysit! ... but there may be opportunity before we leave. : )
A truly unique and magical experience.
Back home, we shower up and eat some dinner and then head in to town for a festival that we've seen advertisements around town for
Its not the greatest show on earth, thats for sure. Just your typical traveling carnival with overpriced rides, ex-con employees, and the smell of urine in the dark corners of the walkway. But here, we have the privilege of paying an extra 60% because of the exchange rate! We walk away having put Samuel alone on one ride and let him play one game (Ella's in trouble for the night... : p ) and we spend $11. Sam wins a little pirate toy, so that makes it a little bit of a better deal.
And now, back at home to sleep, clean, and pack for our road trip that begins tomorrow! Can't wait. First, we are exploring Brittany for two days, and then on to the beaches of Normandy for some WW2 experiences. Going to be great.