Major effort this week is finishing painting the exterior of my house. Three sides done. The plan is to be done by the end of February, I will be documenting the experience of designing and building a new house and sharing some details here.
It is one week since we returned from France. The jetlag is over. I’ve gone through the mail. Now I’m trying to get life back on schedule. My book about One Month Travel is published on Amazon. But there is still work to do. I need some tweeks like a table of contents and a page asking for reviews and I think that there are still a few typos to edit. The content is complete but the professional polish might be deficient. I need to complile a summary of the France trip ad our lessons. This trip, in many ways, broke out of our pattern and as might be expected there are plusses and minuses. Finally it is time to step up the marketing for my book and for the concept of One Month Travel. Time’s a wasting.
This won’t be a full post, more a quick note with an update on our travel status. We are in France. It is wondeful but different from our expectations. We enjoy the off-season benefits of no crowds, easy parking and carefree driving (even as I adjust to a stick shift after many years away. But we also miss the activity and bustle of the tourist season a little.
Today we are visiting the town market- which is not in the historic fortress city – to prepare for Christmas Day. Christmas Day is always complicated because we never know what will be open. We plan a quiet day at home with perhaps a walk or two to check out Christmas festivities, maybe even a late night Mass on Christmas Eve.
The French are wonderful hosts. They display none of the hostility I remember from my visit to Paris 40 years ago. They don’t pretend to be anything but proud of their nationality and don’t compromise for tourists but they are gracious and friendly hosts. We can’t complain, except for the lack of coffee bars.