Bonjour!  We finally arrived in France after a two hour delay leaving the U.S. due to a need to replace a toilet on the plane.  Go figure!?  Upon our arrival in Paris, we did catch our train to Lyon, only to find that our train to St. Etienne was cancelled 2 times.  Third time is the charm and we arrived sans probleme, albeit later than expected, but we had no time constraints to adhere to and that was such a pleasant change!

Ahhhh.  La France.  So nice to be back.  Mine eyes and heart are fresh and full of anticipation as to what awaits us.  A good night’s sleep is much needed, so we clean up and go out and grab a couple tartes-one with black olives and mushrooms and the other with salmon and artichokes- and, mais bien sur, a bottle of rose.  The evening is beautiful with the sunset and a cool breeze.

France 008

The morning comes a bit too soon, with my head pounding, my nose a bit stuffy and jet lag in full swing, but I anxiously awake to my first French morning.  My husband and I are ready to begin our day of exploration.   Our first stop is at la pharmacie– the pharmacy.  We need to get some nose spray, vitamin C and some ibuprofen.  Now, who says we’re not FUN??  Moments later we spot a farmer’s market with charcuterie-sausages, salami, etc- and all sorts of glorious, fresh vegetables!  HEAVEN!  As we approach le charcuterie, my husband trips on the jagged cobblestone and falls.  His leg is instantly dripping with blood and his scrape demands attention.  As most men do, he immediately says, “It’s nothing, don’t worry”.  However, as we proceed to walk, the blood drips down onto his shoe and we are forced to start some mandatory clean up of his leg. (more…)