Loches. We left on May 28, nearly 11 months after arriving in this quiet medieval town. We decided to spend the month of June in Italy, before returning to Canada when our visas expire at the beginning of July. Our last week in France was a series of goodbyes; to friends, classmates, tastes, sights, and sounds.
Our last trip to the market up the street, a last beer on the sunny patio of our local pub, my last chausson aux pommes (my absolute favourite french pastry). A foggy glimpse of the logis royale from Danica’s bedroom window. A tearful last day of school.
One last afternoon spent at the Jardin Publique, a last play with une meilleure copine, final visits with friends. A last dinner out at the restaurant across the street from our house. A quiet contemplative wander up Grande Rue, the cobbled pedestrian street we called home.
Throughout this difficult week of farewells, we reminded the kids of one thing : “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened”. Sometimes it’s hard to remember this one. There was much to be sad about. Leaving the people and places you have come to love can be really hard. But, imagine if we had never come! Our lives are so much richer for the experience, so much richer for the connections we made, and the places we traveled. There have been ups and downs, but amazing highs, and it has been so worth every single minute of hard work and saving it took. It was a huge leap of faith into the unknown, and an equally huge adventure. I wouldn’t trade this year for anything.
Well, there you have it. I have finally caught up with our 11 months in France on the blog! I have loved sharing our adventures here, it has served as a wonderful journal of our travels and experiences. They have been many! The blog is not quite complete yet. We have been in Italy since May 28, and what an incredible month it has been! We have done a tonne of exploring and travelling.
But alas, our year is coming to a close. We leave Italy on July 1, and spend a couple nights in London before returning to Canada on the 3rd. We get home exactly one year after we left for Iceland. And so I’ll sign off for now. I will be sharing our Italian adventures once we’re settled back at home. Ciao!