France on Fridays: Revenez à Paris, Le Jour Final

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Return to Paris: The Final Day • Tuesday, June 14 In the morning, DeLinda and I quietly gather our things, return the rental car, and walk to the train station. Our road trip complete, we make our way via high speed Eurorail from Annecy four hours back to Paris. The […]

France on Fridays: Été sur Le Lac

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Summer on the Lake • Monday, June 12 It is warmer than expected here, as the spring weather we have enjoyed so far gives way to an incoming heat wave. There will be no snowballs in the Alps. Thankfully, the Made in India cotton tops we bought for 5€ at […]

France on Fridays: Choix d’un Pas Plus Lent

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Choosing a Slower Pace • Sunday, June 11 In the morning, we make our way to breakfast in a dining area not at all unfamiliar. No linen table cloths or fine china as in Honfleur or Paris. This is a Best Western, for sure, with a food-court ambiance as example. […]

France on Fridays: Visions de Monet et des Montagnes

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Visions of Monet and of Mountains • Saturday, June 10 Breakfast at the Hôtel aux Vieux Ramparts in Provins is splendid — a buffet of pastries and sausages, hard-boiled eggs and yogurt. The dining room is a magnificent stone-walled space, echoing the Medieval theme. It has redeemed itself, slightly, and […]

France on Fridays: Sur La Route Encore

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE On the Road Again • Friday, June 9 In the morning, we say good-bye to Honfleur and head southeast, back towards Paris and on to Provins, a walled Medieval town that is our half-way point on the way to Annecy. We are travel-weary, having explored non-stop Paris and now Normandy […]

France on Fridays: Tapisserie et Tripe

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Tapestry and Tripe • Thursday, June 8 Today we are off to Bayeux, home to the famous Bayeux tapestry, a 20” by 230’ embroidered cloth which narrates the 1066 Norman invasion of England. It is a “must see,” according to my sister. Bayeux is west of Honfleur, north of Caen, […]

France on Fridays: Saints et Soldats

LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE Saints and Soldiers • Wednesday, June 7 Linen tablecloths and china cups welcome us at breakfast. Croissant, yogurt, fresh coffee and jam. There is no other way to start the day, we have come to believe. When I get home, I will scout out local bakeries for fresh croissants; finding […]