Saturday, September 11, 2010

di and Doc’s random last thoughts on France…




























Beaches with soft white sand and huge rocks in the water…hydrangeas everywhere in all colors…I love the way French women dress. They always look put together, finishing their outfit with a scarf or belt, except the old ladies that wear way too much make-up…too many people smoke, especially young women=sad :(…weather can change every 15 minutes from sunny to rainy…people are so friendly but most refuse to speak English even if they know how…the kindness of Couchsurfing friends is endearing…to be able to Skype and see your loved ones across the world is very cool…wish we would have gone to see the towns of Quimper, Concarneau, and Carnac…lots of men wear red pants…wish I knew how to pack lighter, so our suitcases were not so huge…business class lounge is a great perk when flying long distances when you have a layover or need to be at the airport 3 hours early…sitting in a café doing nothing is very relaxing…Pelforth beer from England is a new favorite…meeting and making new friends in a foreign country is an added bonus of traveling…we wasted time staying in Vannes, we should have stayed another two nights in Port Launay and then another night in Paris…lots of men use “hankies”…many red-haired children, especially in Cancale…too many men wear hiking sandals…the dialects of all the different areas are interesting…surfing in France was an unexpected surprise…most people are very helpful…we spent too much time in the car getting to places…shorts+pants=shants, not an attractive fashion statement…Cancale was better than expected…Port Launay was like a fairytale site…wish we had walked along the oyster beds in Cancale…all cars in the US should be diesel…some tourists really dress like “tourists”…days on vacation go way too fast…Paul ate beets and liked them…broken camera doesn’t have to ruin vacation, as long as it’s at the end of vacation…talking with a young woman who works for the International Red Cross was very enlightening, she’s training to work in areas of conflict…sometimes other people’s idea of a good restaurant is not our idea too…almost putting gasoline in a diesel engine could have been a disaster, but we were saved by another kind Frenchman…Paul liked wearing a scarf and hat and looked good doing it…taking the train into Paris instead of driving was one of our best last minute plans…everyone should be required to close their sunshade on the airplane…taking a wrong turn can lead to a beautiful, scenic drive…some things in guide books are too “touristy”…here is one thing I learned from this vacation; it’s ok not to see every museum, monument, historic site or beach when visiting another country. It’s ok to drive aimlessly, get lost on a walk or just spend time in your room or a café relaxing. After all, isn’t that what vacations are for?

1 comments:

Geri said...

Great end to a wonderful vacation! Love the random thoughts to summarize the trip...you are a good writer! Love you and glad you're back safely!