Sunday I awoke to a parade coming down the street in front of the house. I rushed out of bed, grabbed my camera, and opened the front door. Now I'm not sure if I told you but Maury and Gail's house opens almost directly into the street. This is the way the houses are built in town. They are all connected, sort of like fan houses, with a small curb, and then the street. As I opened the door to take pictures I almost ran in to the parade! Anyway the parade consisted of a high school band, some military folks, and some town's people. They were headed up to the cemetery, so I'm thinking it was a memorial or something. I've attached some pictures.
We have been in Loches long enough to see the weather change, the flowers change, and the ivy on homes turn a beautiful red color. The weather is cold at night and most people light fires. There is a nice smell wafting throughout the town, and a fog of smoke to accompany the smell. They still have the market twice a week, yet now they sell roasted chestnuts, and there are a few less vendors. As we come to an end of our time here in Loches, we are filled with a mix of emotions. As we walked through town yesterday we admired what a special place this town is. We feel lucky to have been able to get a small glimpse into another culture, another language, and another way of life. We will forever be thankful to Maury and Gail for allowing us this opportunity. I overheard Lucy talking with a friend on skype yesterday and this is how the conversations went:
Lucy: "So for 3 months we haven't had a car, a phone, a"
Friend: "WHAAT! No phone? I WOULD DIE!"
Lucy: "And we haven't had a dishwasher, or TV either."
Fiend: "OMG I could live without the car and dishwasher maybe, but I just don't know how you are surviving without a phone or TV!"
Lucy: "I know right? Well it really hasn't been that bad."
So now we come back to reality in less than a week. We have taken hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures, dragged our rolling suitcases on and off many buses, trains, subways, and have visited 5 different countries. We now have many memories forever ingrained in our minds. For myself, I'm not sure how many of these places I'll get to again. For Lucy this is just the beginning of travel for her. I will get great pleasure watching her grow and explore with friends later in life, and I'm happy I could help to wet her appetite!