January 31, 2018

Fort de Buoux

A sunny January Provence day means that when positioned just right, leaning against a nice rock on a hillside, even the crest of your ears gets heated. We were all running around these ruins without jackets, steeped in sun. The ruins are the Fort de Buoux, deep in the Luberon mountains. We were all alone up here, with a lot of history for company. Troglodyte houses - built into the stone, a medieval fort, early Christian tombs, 13th century church ruins and on and on. It is a special place - I had been before and regardless of the season there are very few others up there along the cliffs. The exposure is frightening (especially with two little ladies; one who is a real daredevil) and you walk away with a real appreciation for the extreme defense measures taken to sustain life in the middle ages. I love exploring places like this with Colette and Romy. Colette is just full of questions about every stone and its original purpose and placement. Romy is just running wild - can't wait to see around the next bend.

This breakneck staircase was built straight into the cliff. It was the only moment in the day when I questioned my judgement as a parent.

January 7, 2018

Queen of the galette

One of our favorite French traditions (and one that we've celebrated consistently over the years) is the Galette des Rois. Most French families fête the coming of the three kings at the Epiphany, ~January 6. The traditional cake of pastry and an almond paste contains a figurine or a fève. The youngest child at the celebration hides under the table and directs who gets which part by calling out names as the cake is served. Romy was a star this year and made her sister Colette the queen.

January 2, 2018

Romy Four Years Old!

She's a singer. Madame 4 years old. Makes up songs all the time and belts them out - at the park, alone in her room, on the couch. This time, we all sang for her and clapped our hands. She has a lot of fans. She kills us with her cuteness.

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