This past weekend was a three-day weekend here in France. The 11th of November ( Vetrans Day) is also a holiday here and so we did not have school. Instead we had a birthday party for Mamie France (Richard’s mom) and by the end I was so tired and ready for bed by 7 p.m. Saturday we had a rather relaxing day which is always nice and Sunday we spent most of the day out and about. The pictures above are from a flea market which is called a “Marché aux Puces” in french and then the regular market. Here there is an outdoor market every day of the week (yes it continues in the winter) in different towns and villages that are not too far. We had absolutely marvelous weather as you can probably tell, and that just made it all the more enjoyable. I didn’t buy anything at the flea market but I had a good time looking through the stuff and taking pictures. I wish that there was an outdoor market every week in State College (I know there is one downtown in the summer so I am going to have to start going to it when I get home). Anyway, there is just something so nice about being outside and buying things from local venders. It is more personal and more fun than the grocery store.
On sunday night we went to see an excellent film called Intouchables. It is a film based on a true story of an unlikely friendship between a middle-aged, rich man (Philippe) who is paralyzed after an accident and an exuberant, young man from the other side of the tracks (Driss) who becomes Philippe’s aide. Driss shows Philippe another way of life and helps him to feel more free and independent than ever with his disability. Although the circumstances are a bit heavy, the film had the whole theater (which was full) laughing. Really a must see. (if possible since I am not sure how often French films are played in theaters in the U.S.)
Even if you can’t understand french, friendship is the same in every language 🙂