For the past eight days, we have enjoyed a visit from Bernie’s French cousins.  To have them here in America has been fantastic.

Most of our time together has been in France, in and around Alsace where they live near the German border.  Or in Paris.  If you are a regular reader of my blogs over the past ten years, you may feel as if you know Pierre and Laurie Verdier.  They arrived last Thursday via Air France with only one small suitcase and a backpack!   There’s a lesson in that for me.

We have shown them Huntsville with tours of The Ledges, Hampton Cove, Robert Trent Jones Golf, Twickenham, Burritt, the Botanical Gardens, the Madison County Nature Trail, Bridgestreet and even Hudson-Alpha, thanks to Lynne Berry.  We have dined at The Bottle, Cotton Row, Grille 29, Mezza Luna and chez Bernie and Linda.  We spent a day in Nashville with Bernie’s son and saw the Frist Museum and walked along a very noisy Broadway and country music row.  The weather was absolutely perfect during the entire visit for which we are indeed grateful.

One of the most fun days was introducing them to a margarita which they had never had.  We stopped for refreshment at Cantina Loredo and rejuvenated ourselves with chips, salsa, guacamole and the cool margaritas.  Bernie’s American cousins from Macon, GA, Curt and Diane Brewer, had driven over for the fun and we had a blast.

These are precious memories for Bernie, why?  Because he went without seeing these folks for over forty years!  They were reunited in 1998 thanks to Pierre’s diligent search on  Together as children in Strasbourg during WWII, they were estranged for much of their adult lives but now best friends.  You will notice the resemblance.

Here are some fun pics of our times together.  They are safely back in France by now but the memories of our times together are alive and vibrant.

Enjoy the pics especially the Alabama hat on Laurie!

Linda & Bernie

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