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HANGING WITH CAROLE IN POITIER, FRANCE

I met Carole in Portland when she married my friend and past employee Corey.  She was originally from Poitier, but was now married and living in Portland.  Like half of marriages, they separated and she moved back to Poitier, close to her family.  I always liked Carole, if I was at a party in Portland and she was there, I immediately went over and talked with her.  I had planned my visits with Vincent and Stanley (next post), as an after thought I thought maybe Carole lived nearby?  Coincidentally they all lived with 100 km of each other, AWESOME!
Vincent and I meet Carole for lunch in front of Notre-Dame-la-Grande,

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IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH FROM A DISTANCE

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BUT, UPON A CLOSER LOOK, IT’S AMAZING!

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AT NIGHT THEY PAINT THE CHURCH WITH COLORED LIGHTS

We walk and talk, it was super great to see Carole and how good she’s doing.

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WE WALK THROUGH THE PARK, THE FRENCH TRIM THEIR TREES “WAY BACK”, Interesting.

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WE CIRCLE AROUND AND BACK TO THE CHURCH AND THIS STRING BAND, WITH ATTACHMENTS IS PLAYING,

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EATING REAL FRENCH FOOD COOKED BY A FRENCH-WOMEN. WHAT’S A FRENCH MEAL WITHOUT A BAGUETTE!

The next day we walk, what feels like, the entire city of Poitier.  Anywhere you walk in Poitier it’s hills– everywhere.  If you’ve read this blog you know I Love the E-Bike.  You wouldn’t bike here very efficiently unless you had an E-Bike. I had suggested we rent an E-Bike, so we called the city sponsored program and all the E-Bikes they had were rented out, to residents.  They using a locally manufactured E-Bike, it’s good all around!
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THE OLD BUILDINGS IN TOWN WERE VERY RENAISSANCE 

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THIS WAS INSIDE A COURTYARD NEAR THE UNIVERSITY. IT CONTAINS SO MANY INTERESTING FEATURES.

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FRANCE GAVE AMERICA THE STATUE OF LIBERTY THAT’S STANDS IN NEW YORK’S HARBOR. AND WELL POITIER HAS A MINIATURE REPLICA IN THE PARK, MAYBE 3 METERS HIGH.(10ft.)

Carole’s mom invited us for dinner.  I met both her and her aunt during the wedding celebrations in Portland 8 years earlier in 2007.  They rented the house next door to me for a month during the wedding visit.  They said they actually remembered me, I’m feeling special now.

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CAROLE, her aunt MAURICETTE, ME and her Mom-CHARLETTE

There is this weird tradition that the French have which is after every meal they have a plate of different cheeses.

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CREAMY, SMOKEY, MOLDY AND HARD CHEESES FOR AFTER DINNER.

Being the American that I am, an after meal desert is something with sugar! and France is the best place to accomplish that.

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WE CUT THE DESERTS INTO 4 PIECES SO WE COULD TRY THEM ALL

Visiting people and places is awesome and having a local guide is great too.  But the biggest reward for me is to give back to my host.  She lived on the 6th floor with a great view of the city but through dirty windows.
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I HAD CAROLE TAKE ME TO THE STORE WHERE I BOUGHT THIS WINDOW SQUEEGEE
(I had to show my best side)

It’s farmers market day, another great activity to do in a new city.
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Europe is full of immigrants from all around the world and Poitier is no different.
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THESE TURKISH WOMEN ARE MAKING TRADITIONAL VEGETARIAN WRAPS

IMG_2947WE HAD AN AWESOME FARMERS MARKET LUNCH: OLIVES, FRESH APPLE JUICE AND TURKISH WRAPS
When I wasn’t looking Carole bought some turkey for dinner, little did she know that turkey is my favorite meat (if I’m eating meat).
COOKING QUAIL EGGS FROM THE FARMERS MARKET.
 CAROLE IS COOKING A FRENCH DELICACY WE GOT AT THE FARMERS MARKET       SMALL QUAIL EGGS

It’s my last day and Carole offers to do a small village tour loop–with the car.  After walking up and down hills for 2 days, I’m ready to just sit and enjoy the sights.

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                                   THIS IS KNOWN AS SMALL VILLAGE PUBLIC “ART”

IMG_2935CHATEAU DE DISSAY, THIS IS WHY EUROPE IS MORE INTERESTING THAN AMERICA, HISTORY.  THIS CASTLE IS 500 YEARS OLD.

IMG_2948IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, THANKS CAROLE FOR HAVING ME AS A HOUSE GUEST.
 Now Carole can get back to the hitting the books, preparing to take the teachers test. Good Luck.
Thanks for reading
Jeff
NEXT? MIICKEY MOUSE LOVER STANLEY IN ROYAN FRANCE

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