Now that we are back at home with our beloved Lucy watching our every move, there’s time for some thoughts about our 10-day trip to France.
While the trip had been our ‘light at the end of the tunnel,’ we still embarked on it with no small degree of concern. Dialysis in a foreign country; the demands of catching flights and trains; dietary problems; and concerns with handling the general rigors of travel all nagged at us. To our delight, most things turned out to be as good or better than hoped. There were a few bumps (our car at Orly turned out to be at a different terminal, and our room in Tours was stifling on the first day because the A/C wasn’t turned on until June 15th,) but dialysis went well (including a gourmet breakfast at the hospital in Paris), and our transportation concerns generally did not materialize.
On the high side, our overnight stay in a gorgeous suite at the Sofitel in Paris was terrific, and the meals at gourmet paradises like Pierre Gagnaire, Joel Robuchon, Dominique Bouchet, Olivier Arlot, and – of course – Riboto de Taven were unforgettable. From Paris to the Loire to Provence, the scenery, culture, and history were fascinating. But, best of all, seeing friends we have made over the years was the highlight of our visit. The staff at Le Lavoisier whose children we have watched be born and grow, Marc and Catherine Refabert, and Christine, Philippe, and Jean-Pierre, all were warm and welcoming, making us feel at home and comfortable. Our thanks to all of them for making our trip special.
The trip showed us what we can and can’t, or should and shouldn’t, do, and taught us lessons that we will use when we return to Bev’s second home in the not too distant future.
For the moment, we are getting additional enjoyment from putting the finishing touches on the entries in our blog, reviewing photos, and re-living the best of our trip. We hope you have enjoyed following our adventure.
Beverly and David