|My mother is second from left.|
I do remember a few things from our time there since I was 5 when we left. I recall visiting the Eiffel Tower although we couldn't go past the second level because there was restoration/maintenance being performed.
|Me on my bike.|
I remember our babysitter, Madame Blondeaux (sp?). She was an older lady who used to bike to our house from her farm. She and her husband raised chickens. They had a son named Jean-Paul. Pam and I were crazy about Blondeaux. My parents hired her to do some light housework and as a babysitter for us when they wanted to go out. It was very hard to say good-bye when we left.
|Goldilocks (aka Pam) on her trike.|
I was hoping one of the slides had a pic of our car -- a pale blue Simca
-- which was pretty popular over there because it was so cheap. We brought ours back to the states with us but my parents switched back to Chevrolet pretty quickly. I did find a picture of one that is pretty similar to ours.
|A Simca -- similar to ours.|
Often I wish I had been older when we lived there so that I would remember more. (I've been back to the UK but not France or Germany.) My father had already traveled all over Europe before he met my mother. However, this was her first time out of the U.S. and it was a little scary for her. One day we came home, Mom and Pam and I, to discover a young gypsy woman inside our house. Every door and window was locked from the inside and it freaked my mother out because she couldn't figure out how she had gotten in. Obviously, this lady found a way in but my mother never discovered how she did it. Score one for paranoia.
Mom did give the French high marks for their pastries, though. She became addicted and, since she was a picky eater herself, insisted that she practically lived off them for those three years. Whenever she sees any European style bakery she always likes to check it out. I feel the same way about European pastries. That's a habit I picked up from her that I could probably live without but I'd rather go light on a meal and have something scrumptious. Vive la France!
|A friend, me and Pam.|