Thursday, January 15, 2009
le village de St-Guilhem-Le-Désert
Yesterday we explored the village of St Guilhem-Le-Désert... a village that found its beginnings during the middle ages (806) by Saint Guilhem with his creation of the Gellone monastery. It is about a 40 minute drive from the center of Montpellier, on some of the windiest roads imaginable. I did all I could to not get sick in the back seat. The experience and the photos that came out of the day made the 40 mins of hell worth it. Before the 3 hour hike the group sat in side the village and ate baguettes, cheese, veggies, cookies, and gross curdled meat... well, i didn't... The views were breathtaking and the hike was invigorating, but best of all i got to know some of the girls in my group. Jenna from long island and Molly from Balston Spa. There was a large group to start out with, but the four of us instantly lagged behind. Mom and I because we took too many photos and Molly and Jenna because Jenna wasn't feeling well. In any event the group left us behind and we decided to catch up... however, the path seemed to split in many directions and left us making "group decisions" as to which path to choose. On several occasions we chose paths that soon revealed theme selves to be anything but... too thin, too rocky, very dangerous! However, those were the cases that gave the greatest photo ops. All in all it was a great day. We finished the evening with a dinner that was like a scene from a movie. Elizabeth, who is clearly going to be my best friend and partner in crime also lives with the family... I live with Véro, Adeline, and Adam, and Liz lives directly across the street with Mammi (grandma) and the two uncles and the 7 year old niece Justine… that little one spent all night telling us about love and romantic movies. Her boy friend’s name is Aurthur. (the cutest boy in class). I couldn’t be happier with my nouvelle famille.