Aerogrammes de Paris…
Friday, October 21st…I left for La Commanderie today, the Courault’s country home. I took the train to St. Cloud, Francois, Bruno’s brother, picked me up. The house came into the hands of the Courault family just before the French revolution. The cave, the walls, and the old pigeon coop date from the 12th century. The rest is from early 1700’s.
On Saturday, about 30 of Francois’ friends arrived an we went to the vineyard to pick grapes. Most of the grapes had already been picked but they left a few for the city folk. It was HARD WORK! We picked the grapes and the foreman with a huge vat on his back came around into which we emptied our buckets. Then the raisins were partially pressed. And, after that…I really don’t know much except that it is stored I huge vats in the big basement.
That afternoon, we picked mushrooms from the fields for part of supper, which was held in the big workroom, with candles. Kind of medieval feeling. Big pans of chicken, mushrooms, green salad, cheese, grapes and, of course, lots and lots of Rose d’Anjou.
Throwback Thursday – Aerogrammes de Paris –
“French organization isn’t bad; they just don’t have any!”
Friday, October 21st – I left the apartment at 730am to go to the Prefecture of Police to start working on my carte de sejour. French organization isn’t bad; they just don’t have any. Waited in line with about 200 people – who also had priority cards for 30-45 minutes. Finally got a number to get inside. Window #6 – No. 20. Then one of the ladies at the window said “au pair” weren’t supposed to be in that building. So, we turned in our numbers and were sent to the other building. Then, found out we were at the right building in the first place. They gave us a new number – Window #6 – No. 35, which would mean another 3 hours wait. Luckily, I had been talking to a rather robust Holland girl who wasn’t about to wait that long. She cornered a lady who turned out to be very sympathetic and I was out by 11am – even before the people who had #’s before my original 20!
Aerogrammes de Paris – Tuesday, October 18th, 1977
I went to the Jardin de Luxembourg and I was absolutely astounded. Not only is it infinitely beautiful, but it’s a hub of activity. The flowers are stll in full bloom – reds, yellow, blues, pinks. Al the leaves are turning an falling, keeing all the rakers busy. And people – people playing bridge, chess, poker, tennis, reading, knitting, walking their babies in huge blue carriages or small striped “pousettes”. Shade or sun to order. Much more beautiful than the Jardin de Tuileries!
Aerogrammes de Paris...
Saturday, October 15, 1977 - I went with the Courraults to the National Championship of Jumping (horses) of France at the Concours Hippique - a unique experience for me. It was exciting and different. And, I learned a little about jumping - Marie Charlotte rides.
Monday, October 17 - I visited St. Germain des Pres today - the oldest church in Paris (558). On the way back to the apartment, I saw part of a fashion show by Jacques Dessanges - mostly dresses in black and white -loose and mid-knee.
Tuesday I went to the Accueil Familial to get my papers and I can't believe all the things I have to do - about 6 offices to visit, a medical exam, etc. It's probably going to take at least a month!