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A clear and lovely day

I'm in a sanctuary of green, of ivy-strewn walls and night air wreathed with honesuckle. A fountain cascades in the midst of groomed topiary, and the stars are vivid above. The village is so very quiet. I always knew London was noisy, but it seems even more so now in this tranquility. We ate dinner with a couple who own a winery in Australia, among others. It was a homestyle dinner, four courses, good cheese, excellent bread pudding, and everyone complimented the chef on serving simple, crisp, cooked green beans, a rarity apparently in France.

Today I have seen the white cliffs of Dover shrink to the horizon on a lovely day from the back of a seabourne boat. I've watched the plains of Picardy stretch out in gentle waves. And it's just the first day of the trip.*

* In theory holiday. In practice, I'm still teaching while on the road, intending to visit dozens of the places I've been teaching my students about.


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Sep. 17th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I hope it's as wonderful as it sounds, and, if so, that the rest of the trip continues in the same way!
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
The first day was so good I'm not sure that anything else will live up to it! But that's okay - because as long as the rest is reasonably good, I'll be happy. I really liked Amiens - a lovely city. Today's been cool and rainy, but the weather forecast looks clear for tomorrow!
Sep. 20th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hi all!

Very interesting information! Thanks!

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