Wednesday, January 31, 2007

30 December, 2006

This past week has been very busy. We were invited out to dinner on Christmas Day. The guests were a mix of Canadian and American "ex-pats", a Mexican couple, a couple from Brazil, and a couple of Egyptian origin. A good thing we all spoke either French or English! All the husbands are employees of Michelin, as is my son.
Each couple brought a dish to the party--my daughter-in-law made a to-die-for cheesecake, and everything else was delicious, too. With so many different nationalities present, conversation was stimulating, as was hearing how each overcame the difficulties of fitting into a different culture and language.
Thursday, we all got in the car and drove south to a village called Puy-en-Vellay. This town dates even before Roman times, and has two amazing sites, both of which are tall, chimney-like structures. These are actually volcanic chimneys, whose surrounding volcanos crumbled to the ground ages ago. Atop one, the Mont St-Michel, is a church. How the building materials were hoisted up this fantastically high mount is a mystery to me!
To be continued...


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