We’ve mentioned it in passing on our Paris posts that during our visit, I was sick with bronchitis. After a week of trying to fit in recovery time between sightseeing in Paris, I was barely starting to get better. It was worth it to fight through the coughing fits, the asthma attacks, the fever, and headaches because…we were in Paris. But it was starting to the get the best of me. Thankfully, post-Paris mayhem, we were off to southern France to enjoy a slower pace and the chateau life care of our friends and website designers, Hannah and Lee, who had been house sitting for the past 6 months.
All aboard! Our first train ride together in Europe
Sitting back and enjoying the scenery of the French countryside
Hannah met us at the train station in Caussade – it had been nearly 2 years since we first met in person. It was a joyous reunion that I could hardly believe was finally happening. We had been emailing, counting down the months, then weeks, then days, to our arrival and it was just as wonderful as I had imagined.
Needless to say, we ate well.
A sampling of the delicious bounty and our attempt to eat all the cheese in France
It had been so long since I had been in a kitchen with such gorgeous ingredients at my fingertips. We stocked up on good cheese, bread, wine, vegetables, pasta, meats…and I finally got to make the French-style pork tenderloin (pictured above) that I had watched on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen so many months ago.
We had our first picnic in the backyard, right outside the doorstep of their little bungalow, with the sun shining on our backs as we indulged in creamy brie and crumby goat cheese.
I spent as much time in the sunshine, reading, as my allergies would allow
We wandered the vast property, overlooking the rolling hills in the distance, and snapped some photos to remember these few gorgeous spring days.
A shot of the actual chateau from the gardens
Looking from the chateau to the gardens
Fields, ready to be planted
So nice to be out of the city and enjoying the fresh air
The sun sets and lights up the sky
The few nights we were there, we kept discussing starting a movie, but it always ended up like this, sitting around with a fire and talking the evening away.
After nearly 7 months of endless summer, we were overjoyed for it to be cool enough at night to have a fire
I managed to sneak this photo of our lovely hosts while we were chatting
It was nearing Easter and Holy Week at the time we visited, so we had to move on to our next destination, Spain, before the heavy holiday traffic began. It was a short visit, but by the time we left, I was nearly recovered from my illness. I guess all I needed was some quiet time, fresh air, and good company.
Until next time, my lovely friends…