Our Family’s (2nd) Year in the South of France
Kids and Castles - Our year with kids in the South of France

Diane’s First Impressions

So I am still sick.  Just to be clear, I am NOT faking it because I’m scared of meeting some French people. I know JM bought that thermometer out of love for me and not because he wanted some numeric proof that I really could be this laid up this long.

I have been pretty much inside the house for the past few days while JM has taken care of registering the girls for school and buying food and figuring out a ton of other admin stuff – which I very much appreciate.

But a couple of observations about France, as seen from the inside of a house at the edge of a tiny medieval village in Provence.

1. It is really beautiful!

Here’s the view from the kitchen window.  Pas mal as they say here!  (Not bad)

Stunning view from the kitchen window.

2. Garbage cans are tiny

Europe in general is much more “green”.  Drinks in bottles are EXPENSIVE, you must buy bags at the store if you don’t bring your own, and so on.  So I don’t know if this is part of that trend or what, but the garbage cans are really, really small compared to California. Will be interesting to see if this changes our garbage behavior, or if we just create more but smaller bags of garbage.

3. Towel Warmers!  Yes!

Why don’t they have these miraculous inventions everywhere in Canada or places it gets so cold.  There is nothing like a toasty towel after stepping out of the shower.

O.K.  Going back to bed now.  Luckily the girls are sleeping through the night, so we should be all set for first day of school tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Diane’s First Impressions”

  1. Lise Patenaude says:

    In Quebec, we also have to buy bags in grocery stores if we don’t have our own. We do have a whole variety of reusable bags that we lug around everywhere we go shopping.

    • Diane H. says:

      It’s the same in Australia. In California the “green” people tend to have piles of reusable bags. The kind that shop at Whole Foods. I will confess that we have a pile of bags, but I always forget them in the car and then get more plastic bags to pollute the world. France is definitely training me to be a better global citizen.

  2. vered says:

    When do we get to see photos of the house?

  3. Maha says:

    Gorgeous view! Sorry to hear you’re still not feeling well, but glad you’re feeling well enough to keep us up to date – great posts!