Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chateau Dumas Day 3

                                                                    Incredible Salad

Book I am putting together in class taught by Wendy Addison

                                                                          Yummy Brie

                                                                       Dinner by Candlelight

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chateau Dumas Photos

My bedroom window

                                                                            chocolate croissant
                                                                                      Artwork and books in my room

                                                                            My window


View of Sunflower field from the pool
My Beautiful bedroom

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Toulouse Market

                                                            The Saturday Market

                                                                    The French Cafe

Toulouse Day 2

Saturday is market day in the square. Everyone is picking out and picking up their fruit, pouillet (chicken), meat, cheeses and spices for the week. There of course is bread which is bought daily, books, bags, luggage and rugs for sale.

Surrounding the square are many cafes where there is lots of people watching, drinking of espressos and talking.

I made it into the Pharmacie for a couple of necessities that I had forgotten, found a market to purchase a large container of fruit juice, stopped in a baguette shop and bought a "Vesuvio" sandwich (tomato, cheese, and herbs de Provence) which they toasted and a Granite (frozen drink) to take away (they don't say "to go" here) to my room.

I just wandered the streets of the old city today and decided not to go to Carcassone because of the crowds. If I had a comrade in arms to march along with me I would have gone. One can make all kinds of different plans, but some of the best decisions are made in the moment and this was one of safety and numbers.

No cell phone service, but email, blog and facebook are fine. All I have to do is think back to 10th year of high school and remember I had none of those things. You literally went more than a week without talking to anyone back home and your letters and postcards arrived after you were home.

Friday, June 24, 2011

1st Day in Toulouse

I have arrived in lovely Toulouse! Beautiful architecture, canal du midi, Garrone river and lots of students here in the old town.

The first pictures were in the taxi and then pulling up to the hotel. Capitole square is just outside the door and my 3rd floor window. It's the first time I have really seen a square in France. Right now it feels more like Italy and their many squares.

The flight over was great. I almost didn't make the connection from Florida/Atlanta to the Atlanta/Paris. Everyone was on the plane and their were just three people left getting on. And guess what flight they were on? Yep, you guessed it...mine! Florida was slooooww with everything today. Somebody get those people some coffee!

It is 1:05pm right now here and the jet lag is starting to hit me since it's just 6 or 7 o'clock at home and I haven't slept a wink. Too excited! Oh my, the Air France airline food is sooo good! I kept my menu but don't feel like digging it out right now...catch it later.

I shall give the tour of my room also, bidet in the bathroom and all.

Thanks to the DH for the new camera and Sav's quick lesson! Hopefully they will get better as I go along.

                                                                Lively square that I will check out better tomorrow.

                                                                  Pulling up to the Crowne

                                                                  Where I will be residing with my ear plugs
                                                                                         very, very soon.
                                                              Le Bidet
                                        Got to love the amenities!

Bonsoir, mes amies! A-bien-tot! (That should be, "Goodnight my friends! See you soon!)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sunset at the Beach


                                         Savannah and her 15 year old 6' 3" cousin Nicholas