Homeward Bound?

And just like that we find our selves at the air port waiting to board our flight back to the land of pasteurized cheese, fake butter, and the FDA.

Nearly two years Heather and I have lived here in France and yet it feels like just last week we were acclimating our digestive systems to strange foods and cheap wine. As with most places one grows to love, today’s departure is bitter sweet. It will be some weeks before we start to feel back at home but it won’t be very difficult. One major gripe about France is how close knit friend circles are, which is very much a double edged sword. French friends are life long, and very close. But, getting to that point is often times a long and arduous process. So, when I say we are fortunate enough to have made several unforgettable and amazing friends here you’ll know just how special that is.

Here’s to you France, friends, and two years of amazing adventures.

See you on the other side.

Here’s a fun one from last night on my way to meet Heather.  There was one hell of a storm moving through and the clouds over Versailles were amazing.  

This is a composite of five individual photos stitched together.  From a distance it looks ok, but once you get farther down to pixel level you can notice inconsistencies in focus and alignment.  Oh well, considering it was shot hand held I can’t complain too much.  

Hope you enjoy!

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Sorry for the delay friends.  Work has this nasty habit of sucking time and energy away from hobbies.  

Anyways…

Behold Amboise!

This was a cool chateau for numerous reasons.  But, I think I’ll leave that particular avenue of information to Heather, as she’s the one who stuck through the whole guided tour.  That, and she’s far more fluent in French than I am.

One cool thing of note:  Da Vinci lived here for the last few years of his life!

And so I leave you to enjoy the photos and turn you over to Heather for the post guided tour.  

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Next up for your consideration is Chateau Villandry.  While processing this batch I realized I had only one shot with the actual building in the background.  The main attraction here was definitely the gardens.  

This was the first chateau we biked to, a whopping 23 kilometers west of Tours.  Ok, so not too far, but it was a fun trip all the same.  

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