On Monday evening before our departure for Alsace, Bernie did a solo photography shoot and captured some gorgeous pictures of the St. Paul-St. Louis church, which is steps away from our apartment. Notice the detail work and remember that up until two years ago, this church was totally black! Then he captured some interesting street art on rue Franc Bourgeois in both full daylight and after it got dark. These are lampshades hanging above the street which say “I love linen” or in French “J’aime le Lin.”
We traveled by high-speed train on Tuesday from La Gare de Lyon to Soultz, France in the Alsace region to enjoy a few days with Bernie’s cousins, Pierre and Laurie Verdier. It feels like home when we enter their house as everything is familiar, convenient and beautifully appointed, not to mention spotlessly clean. Such a dear friendship we have cultivated with them!
There are new blog followers this year so just a little about Pierre and Laurie. Laurie is a retired anesthesiologist and speaks six or seven different languages She is my French expert! Pierre has a PhD in geology and worked for Elf, the large oil company in France. They are both enjoying their retirement in this lovely region of France. Pierre plays golf every day, even in the snow! And he walks the course. Pierre is hard of hearing and so is his golf partner, which makes for a good pairing! Laurie enjoys reading, cooking and traveling. Her favorite countries are Japan, Iran and Korea. She is also an art expert.
In the afternoon we drove about 30 minutes to Colmar, a lovely Alsatian city and toured Musée UnterLinden, most famous for the great masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece by Grunewald and Niclaus of Haguenau. Also visiting at the same time as we were was one of the candidates running for President of France, Alain Juppé who was swallowed up in a cluster of cameras.
Our lovely day ended with a dinner of foie gras, beet salad, wonderful cheeses and fresh pineapple, a very French meal that was delicious.
Tomorrow we will be traveling to visit other cousins in Baume les Dames so most likely no time for a blog.
L & B