After 24 hours of planes, trains and automobiles we arrived in Chalon-sur-saone to begin our cruise. We were a bit smelly and tired. You will both be happy to know that the only thing we saw of Paris was the inside of the train station. It was not without its charms. There were the two little boys who were both eating baguettes almost as big as they were and made me seriously wonder how far I could get if I grabbed them and ran.
There were also groups of 8-10 year old children who boarded the train and appeared to be under the care of group off kids no older than 15-16 and I wondered if we are not all just a little too protective of our young. There was great fanfare when they left with lots of kissing on both cheeks. I will be doing that from now on.. And do you mind if we ask you to call us mere and pere from now on? Thanks.
We are enjoying our time on the boat. We are two of only about 5 native English speakers and the only Americans. We are hanging out with three Australians who are great fun. We might be calling you “mate” by the time we get home.
We have seen many beautiful things. Churches and castle and forts and the like. There is art and music everywhere you look.
We will come again. With both of you with us.
Mere and Pere