I’ve decided to let the pictures do most of the talking here.
Some recently past events.
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday!) no pounchkis to be found, but I stumbled across a HUGE parade. There must have been five thousand children marching down the street in costumes, showering the onlookers in confetti and silly string.
Spring arrived in France! Flowers have abruptly started showing up around town, café terraces are full of little tables for afternoon drinks and color is finding its way back into the city. It is much nicer to walk around town when it is glorious outside.
I discovered that despite their brutal stereotype, Vikings actually enjoy a nice swim in potpourri.
Aunt Kem and Uncle Glen came to visit! It was sooo wonderful to see some familiar American faces! We had dinner together in St. Etienne and walked around the city a bit. The next day we headed to Roanne, my former dwelling place, and I gave them the grand tour. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch by the Loire and spent the day soaking up the sunshine and each other's company.
Robin, the little boy of the family I live with, turned six. This of course meant a birthday party! I stuck around to see the activities and was surprised to see some familiar party games, like musical chairs. Robin’s mom bought huge bags of confetti and let the kids throw it up in the air in the living room and dance around. Needless to say, it was the highlight of the party!
I went to see a music group from Madagascar in Roanne. The group had amazing vocals and the harmony was exquisite. I had never seen some of the instruments before and loved discovering their sound. I almost felt like I was in Madagascar while at the concert, instead of in a dark bar in Roanne. Dimitri’s step mom was singing and dancing the entire time! Since she was born in Madagascar, she knew all of the songs and got everyone up on their feet to dance to the music!
And I’ll leave you with another great food picture, of my lovely lunch. Salad with cooked goat cheese (chèvre chaud), smoked ham, tomatoes and homemade vinaigrette. Bon appétit!