I ended my adventures in Europe with a USAC trip to Paris. My host mom dropped me off at the school bright in early and just as we were leaving the house I told her, “Je suis prete” with my suitcases in hand. She responded, “Tu es prete?” with a tone that seemed to affirm she knew I was more than ready to go home.
“Oui, je suis prete”.
Leaving Pau on the USAC bus,I seemed to be the only one who wasn’t torn. Girls next to me kept saying how bittersweet this parting was, well not for me. I smiled the whole bus ride out – Adieu Pau!
It was a good stay, but I don’t think I’ll ever return. There are so many other regions of France to explore!
On the way to Paris, we went through the Loire Valley. We toured two castles in the Loire and just before Paris visited Chateau des Versailles!
First Stop: Chateau Chenonceaux! Sitting on a river called: Le Cher – which translates to expensive = )
Coincidentally the same day we visited this place, it’s photo was the Bing photo for the day!
Below is the inside of the hall that straddles the river. The day was perfect. Absolutely perfect.
In addition to being built over the river, the castle had a moat, gardens and a labyrinth! Plus the forest behind the castle was full of lush green trees with the sun shining through….it was like something out of a movie. Vanessa and I almost expected Prince charming to come riding up on his white horse.
The castle has been inhabited by 5 queens, no men allowed!
And in the next picture we have one of the families who lived here. Does anyone else think this child looks demonic?
And to top it all off there were rabbit holes in the forest behind the castle. They were huge – no wonder Alice fell ; )
And there I go getting all picture happy again! I guess I have more than one blog left to write. Ahh well… I’ll get around to Paris eventually….