David & Jacqueline go to France for a week

The perfect excuse that the Mayday holiday fell during the week led to the idea of visiting David’s cousin John (and wife Kim) in their house “in the middle of nowhere” in the Limousin region (near Limoges). The second half of the week was spent in the Provence region (not really “just around the corner” from the Limousin!). To break the journey, we stayed in a delightful chambre d’hôtes in a castle near Valence (Château du Besset). The original idea was to travel to and from France by train and then rent a car there. Unfortunately, the French train staff were on strike, and so the plans needed adapting. We went a day earlier than originally planned and stayed a further night near Taizé (in the Logis d’Azé, a beautifully restored farmhouse in the village of Azé): we also visited the Sunday service in Taizé, which was a very interesting experience.

All in all, apart from over 1500 km driving and a very late train and almost missed connection in Marseilles, we had a very pleasant time and caught up not only with John and Kim but also with many old friends in Seillans and Nice. And, of course, we ate very well too! And met various sweet cats (Norman, Alphonse, Koos, Poes-Café)…