Friends & Companions

You know you’ve had good guests when you hate to see them leave.

Two long-time friends came for a visit.

Carol and I knew each other before we started school; we used to attend the same church.  Carol is somewhat reserved, but fun, easy going and a very good sport.

Vickie and I became friends in elementary school and we used to get into trouble together.  (Nothing bad, just one or the other sporadically going home a little late, ditching a few classes in high school and an occasional party, or two, or so.)   During their stay Vickie and I maintained a banter that kept us laughing and occasionally made it seem like we never left high school.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Les Invalids

Les Invalides

The three of us met up at CDG airport and from there took the RER and metro to the Hôtel Turenne le Marais where we stayed for two nights.

From the Marais district we took the metro or walked trying to squeeze in as many of the “must sees” of Paris as we could:

La Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, etc.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

It was a little cold and rainy on our second night so we decided to take a night cruise on the Seine.  It gave a different perspective and enabled some nice nighttime pics.

We left Paris and drove to Uzerche where we spent a few days.  I gave them a tour of the town and showed them my house and (soon to be) new house.

Evenings gave us a chance to reminisce and share life stories amongst the three of us.





We took a road trip to Carcassonne for a short stay to see the sites in that extraordinary fortified city.  We were all impressed by the history and magnificence of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

After returning to Uzerche we explored some of the nearby towns in the Corrèze region.



We made a brief trip to Tulle for a quick look around before meeting up with Jo, a friend of mine, who lives in Laguenne.

3 Companions Museum in Brive

3 Companions
Museum in Brive

Another day a wrong turn led us to Brive-la-Gaillarde where we enjoyed lunch and took in some sites.



On the way back we spotted the Gothic Cathedral in Donzenac from the motorway and took another detour to enjoy some of the sites of that medieval town.

Tomorrow my friends and travel companions will be leaving to head back to Paris for their flight back home.

All-in-all we have had a fantastic time visiting and traveling together.  We are already making plans for a return visit.


About Joie du Voyage - Joy of the Journey

I'm following my long term dream of retiring in France. I arrived in France June 2015 and moved into my new house on New Year’s Eve. I’m experiencing challenges with ongoing renovations but it hasn’t dampened my spirit. Now I’m settling into life here, joining in the local community, enjoying visits from family and friends, and exploring other areas of France. * My personal motto: Don’t take life too seriously - or eternity too lightly. *
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2 Responses to Friends & Companions

  1. Carol Walter says:

    A unforgettable time for me Gail, thank you so much for your hospitality and friendship. May God bless your endeavors.


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