I’m back at Blotzheim (my home in France) after 3 weeks of travelling to and around the west coast of France. The last leg of our trip was super special because we stayed with the extended family of my au pair family. Their home is a 160+ year old farm house which they have spend the last year renovating. Even though it now has a beautiful interior I think I loved the exterior, old farm buildings and fruit trees even more. Nothing compares to age and character. The property is located in a rural area, but it’s still only 5 minutes away from town and less than 10 minutes drive to the Atlantic ocean! The best of both worlds, right?
The family were so warm, welcoming and generous. Even though we couldn’t communicate well with words we were able share some wonderful moments together. Jean-Francois & Marie-Noelle really enjoy cooking and most days lunch and dinner consisted of 4 courses (which left me feeling like I was going to explode!) My taste buds were happy and even though I have increased by at least one dress size (oh how I wish I was joking!) the experience was certainly worth it. I enjoyed eating traditional French home cooked meals, being apart of family life and soaking in more fabulous French culture. On my last day there I insisted I cooked for them to say thank you for welcoming me into their home and showing me around the local area.
This whole experience has reminded me that kindness is a language that speaks volumes and anyone can understand it.
Be kind. Be generous. Love people. x