For a moment there earlier this week I could have sworn I was back in France. I had a rare week day to myself, without any of the boys, and had decided I would go shopping. I mainly intended to wander and window shop, but I had two shops I particularly wanted to visit. One because I wanted to shop for a birthday present while the boy was away. The second because it’s a shop that you can’t possibly take a buggy into. Imagine my surprise when I found them both shut – on a Monday! Continue reading
Since our return from France, I’ve been pondering the question of whether it’s possible to ever be completely happy again, once you’ve caught the travel bug. The danger, I think, is that you are never entirely satisfied with your lot. Somehow we need to find a happy medium – or at least some way of avoiding full on depression. Continue reading
Over the past two months we have made day-trips to lots of towns and villages in Department Aude that are less than an hour’s drive from Quillan. Here are the top 10 towns that I have enjoyed visiting, with my favourite being at the end of the list (number 1).
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Okay, so I think I mentioned that cafe crawling is one of my favourite pastimes? Seriously, I could while away hours at cafes. Not because I prefer to pay for my food and drink, or even for the food and drink itself, but more for the experience and the ambience. There’s no greater way to while away a few hours than in idle observation and contemplation of daily life as it goes on around you. Continue reading
Now that we are back in New Zealand, there are, of course, lots of things that we miss about France. Many of them were always going to be on the miss list – the bread, the fresh goat’s cheese, the good affordable wine, the weather (although I hear it’s not that flash there at the moment), the relative cost of living. But what I miss most about Quillan, unexpectedly, is the Place de la Republique – ‘our’ square – which gave us an incomparable outlook on the comings and goings of daily life.
The beautiful view from our living and dining rooms – I will never stop missing this.