Last week I said I would show one picture per week for three weeks of our trip to Iceland, France and England. Well, I lied. It's going to take four weeks. You see, our trip to France was really separated into two parts and I wanted to highlight one picture from each part of our trip . So, here is the picture from the first part of our time in France:
During the first part of our trip to France, we were fortunate to be staying with a family that lives in Buthiers, France - a tiny village of 600 people north east of Paris. We became acquainted with the Plet family in May 2007 when we hosted their eldest daughter, Laeti, during her 10 day visit to the US as an exchange student. Laeti is a wonderful girl and we enjoyed her visit immensely. When Laeti and her family learned that we would be traveling to Europe in July of 2007, they invited us to visit and stay with them in Buthiers. We were anxious to accept. At that time, our plans were to go from Iceland, to Scotland and then on to England. Fortunately, we were able to rearrange our airline tickets and we decided to skip Scotland in favor of France. The photo above is the 200+ year old stone and stucco Plet family house. The house and the town itself is picture perfect and like being in a fairy tale. This photo was taken from the second story of the barn that sits in the back yard of their home. (This is actually the back of the house). Beyond the barn is a lovely meadow. At the time that we were visiting, Mr. Plet was renovating the barn into a gorgeous house that the family was anxious to move into since it was larger and more modern than the original house. Needless to say, having the experience of living with a French family was a once in a lifetime experience and for me, it was the best part of our trip. Next stop... Gay Paree!