I will not be using any accents on French words. I know it is technically incorrect but I still have a week's worth of travel to blog and I don't have time to figure it out! Sorry.
Our arrival to the Gare du Nord was a shock to us in more ways than one. First, the station was busy, dirty and smelly. Second, we were surrounded by people speaking French and all of the signs were in French. Our days of hearing English were over for the time being! And third, once again we were having trouble using our phone. So we just stood there for a few minutes in a daze trying to figure out what to do. We knew we needed to find the car rental office but didn't know exactly where it was. We finally found the car rental information desk and a nice man who gave us directions on how to walk to the place where we could pick up the car. It was a few blocks away from the station.
This is the artist's studio. Everywhere I turned - there was something clever and creative! Hence - the many, many photos.
The next day was Sunday. After a breakfast of crepes, Nutella, blackberries, and local honey, we took advantage of the day to let the Blairs show us around the area. There are several chateaux and lovely cathedrals within minutes of their home. So we did some touring.
We ran across these very cool dogs.
And of course we stopped for some pastries! Pan au chocolat - yummmm.
That night Ben cooked us a Greek dinner of chicken and potatoes, tzatziki sauce, Greek salad and of course, yummy bread. We were starting to notice a trend with the meals at the Blairs - everything we ate was absolutely and deliciously amazing!!
We enjoyed an evening by the crackling fire, eating blackberries and fresh walnuts from their tree, reminiscing and catching up on the years past.
(Sadly, James and Becca were actually having an adventure of their own. They had traveled to Paris on Sunday and had missed their train to Argentan. After hours of navigating metro stations and train stations with 2 huge suitcases and a tired toddler in a stroller - they finally decided to spend the night in Pairs. We were so worried about them! We planned to meet them in Caen the next day. Thank goodness for James being able to speak French! We all benefited greatly from this skill he learned on his mission. In a big way!)