I can hardly stand it! We are staying in the renovated and professionally and charmingly decorated 300-year old farmhouse which old walking friends run as a Chambre d'hôte in the Auvergne region of France
Almost 25 years ago, we met these women when they invited us to visit, with our children, after they saw our entry in an Intervac catalogue. We made a house exchange with a family in Blois that year and while there, we did, indeed, come to St. Galmier to meet J et E. Our daughter posed for a picture in this very spot. . .
And we would have looked out of this very window
The following year, Paul and I returned without the children, and we walked a Grande Randonnée with J et E, about 170 kilometres over a week, staying in tiny hotels each night, sore and weary, but always happy in the company and the vistas and the food and the culture.
We corresponded for a year or two after that, but then we lost touch. Then, on a whim a few months ago, I googled them. And now we're back again, staying in this room
Eating around a grand table, speaking French with the other guests, and then going for walks through scenes like this . . .
Until we find pretty villages like this
Life is tough, bien sûr . . ,