I took this photo….
It captures what I had hoped would be the spirit of the trip and what, indeed, for the most part, came out of it.
Last night I was talking to one of the friends who joined us on the trip – there were three: Dorian and her kids came for over a week when we were in Paris, Bethany from here also came to Paris, and then Dorothy came from Florida for a week in Rome. So, as I said, I was talking to Bethany last night as we sat waiting at a kid function, and both of us found it almost impossible to believe that it had been a year.
Time is such a very odd thing.
Anyway, doing that trip was a little daunting, but it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. I look back and am fairly sure I was insane for doing it, but have absolutely no regrets. We encountered such beauty, such serendipity, such human ingenuity and creativity, and so many very interesting people. I wouldn’t repeat that exact type of trip again with children right now – not three months abroad, especially during football season – but I do miss it – a lot – and part of me wishes we were still there, staying in gites, seeking out ruins and leaping with the cows.