This week was as busy as any other, with one exception. Our clients were long-stay. Our house is generally a stop-over location, as we are not in the tourist corridor, which means that making up beds and doing laundry fills the middle of many of our days. However this week. we had several clients who came to stay for 6-8 nights, providing us some free time.
Early in the week I had an eye appointment in Le Mans, so we decided to tack on a leisurely lunch in Old Town. Le Mans, most famously known for the 24h race, is actually one of the oldest cities in northern France. It was an important cross-roads long before the Romans and continued to play a central role in commerce and government through the ages. It has some of the best examples of Roman walls in all of Europe and on top of those are built a layer of beautiful buildings from several centuries. While the newer part of town is entirely uninspiring, old town is one of the most beautiful and charming enclaves in this part of the world. I never get tired of just walking through its cobbled streets.
There are several very nice restaurants in town.
But we chose to eat outside at one of the little cafés. We were home by late afternoon, in time to make dinner for our clients.
On Sunday we had a more elaborate plan. Emily and family are just back from their annual vacation in Slovenia. We have been baby-sitting their pet guinea pig while they were away, so we made a date to meet up and transfer the creature to them. Emily recommended a place called Domaine de Chamarande, a large park and château south of Paris. We had never been.
We had a delightful picnic under lusciously green trees.
The grounds of the château are large and have a lake, acres of lawn to play on, a free art exhibition in the manoir and a pleasant café where we got coffee and ice cream.
We feasted, walked, talked, kicked the foot ball around, threw a boomerang and relaxed on the cool grass. It was an entirely pleasant day.
I leave you with another morning photo from our upstairs window taken this week. Dawn is arriving much later these days. I enjoy the pretty sky while having morning coffee.