We drove from Paris to the coast August 14, 2012 for the first show: à La Baule @ Festival des Arts à la Plage. It was a long drive and when we arrived at the ocean we were hot and cramped. We pulled up to a parking spot and then Fleur and Jerome turn to us and say, “how about a swim?” It was lovely. Only in France have I ever experienced such a relaxing environment and insistence on enjoying life.
We quickly threw on our bathing suits and ran into the ocean! It was green-blue and I swear about ten times saltier than the west coast of the United States if that is even possible. We swam through the gentle waves and laughed while treading water, joking about how no one will be able to tell when we are peeing in the ocean. It was wonderful :]
We floated on our backs, looking up at the silver sky and I was in sheer bliss. I honestly cannot say I have ever done anything more beautiful. Sadly I forgot my underwater camera so that one will just have to be a memory that I can hopefully keep my entire life.
That night we stayed with some amazingly gracious friends of Fleur and Jerome. They made us dinner, gave us way too much wine, and even offered up some “No GMO, Organic stuff”
which was hilarious and awesome at the same time coming from these sweet french folks. I guess California isn’t the only place with green cards.
We stopped at an old village during out travels. It was filled with crepe and gelato shops.
We stopped by some salt flats to steal a taste, explore, and eventually buy some delicious salt!
We also stopped to explore an old church. The boys decided it was a good idea to play the definitely off limits organ.
The second show Fleur and Jerome played was at a rusty beach shop on the coast near Normandy. I watched them play, took some photos, enjoyed the sunset, drank wine, and soaked up the last few days of France.
At this point I honestly did not want to ever leave.
We stayed above the bar on a futon mattress with no pillows. At this point in my French travels, I had no complaints and slept like a baby.
On the way to the train station we had lunch on the beach, I ate raw oysters with lemon.. I had never even tried cooked ones… some mystery deli meat, whole tomatoes, and champagne.
It was truly a beautiful goodbye.