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?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chris and Sarah

We had a little more than twenty-four hours between visitors last weekend.  That gave us enough time to sweep the floors, clean the bathrooms and wash sheets and towels before going to dinner at a colleague's house.  This time, we welcomed Chris and Sarah Buice, our former neighbors who now live in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Because we enjoyed our day trips with Kathy and Hayley, we decided to show Chris and Sarah some of the same places.  Here's a record of their days with us:

Sunday we walked around Montélimar and then drove through Cléon d'Andran on our way to Poët Laval.

On Monday, Jed and I should have gone to school, but we went back to the doctor for the umpteenth time.  Jed has bronchitis AGAIN so I stayed home with him while Chris and Sarah went to the Palais des Bonbons and to the Château d'Adhémar, both right here in town.

On Tuesday, Jed was pretty much back to normal so we set off for the Pont du Gard.  This time, we made sure to leave time to visit its museum.

Jed thinks Sarah's pretty cool because she skipped rocks with him and played Oofball.

On the way home, we decided to stop by Orange to see its Roman theatre, and we were not disappointed.

Sarah being a bad influence on Jed!  :)

Yes, this scared me just a little!

Orange's theatre has the largest intact stage wall in the world.

An audience of one

Arches and blue sky

The remains of a temple just outside the theatre

On Wednesday, I tried to take our guests to Vallon Pont d'Arc, a natural bridge that Jed and I visited in the fall, but I got us incredibly lost instead.  All's well that ends well, though.  We stumbled upon a really pretty village called Alba-la-Romaine and then followed the sound of water until we were in the hamlet of La Roche where we picnicked and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon.  

Picnic lunch on a stone wall

Jed in a rare still moment

On the edge and making me nervous 

Sarah can catch him if he starts sliding off the side, right?

The château in the village of Alba-la-Romaine is in the distance. 

As far as I would let Jed go without climbing gear.

The chapel in La Roche

The rock that gives La Roche its name

On Friday afternoon, Sarah bravely ventured into my middle school classroom to be interviewed by my kids.  We had thought about having her play the banjo for them, but I'm glad that we didn't.  They were already really excited about her presence.  

Farewell dinner at our favorite crêperie in Montélimar.

Saturday morning market before taking Sarah and Chris to the gare.

La gare de Montélimar

Headed back to Paris for a few days before returning to the US.  

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