My son and I are leaving our small town in southeastern United States to live for a year in a small town in southeastern France. It couldn't possibly be THAT different, right?

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Jeanne and Alex arrived in Lille around 9:30 Thursday night, making Amy's little apartment really burst at the seams with its eight occupants.  It was so much fun, though!  We talked until the wee hours of the morning while the four boys watched movies.
The next day we took the train to the Belgian town of Tournai just twenty minutes away and had lunch before the Brotschuls drove to Amsterdam for the weekend.

Outside the Lille train station---I love these boys!

On the Grande Place in Tournai---I hate to say it, but all of these "Grandes Places" were starting to run together after a week in the north.  This one had one slight difference:  notice the yellow t-shirt in the background?  It's actually a Tour de France jersey hanging above a countdown clock to the big event which apparently passes through Tournai this year.  

A variation on the Croque Monsieur.  I can't remember what it's called, but it was smothered in Bolognaise sauce and had an egg on top.  Yummy!

A sarcastic smile from a sweet boy who has seen all of the cathedrals that he cares to see in one lifetime

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