Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving from France!

here i am sitting in the same cafe (inside this time) with the 'rents...han is at class all day. we're having a quick morning drink (double cafe, hot chocolate, and spanish hot chocolate) before we head to carcassone for the afternoon.

we've been to a bunch of great places:
sunday here in toulouse we, with han's friend pam, went to a flea market at the foot of st. sernin basilica, and i bought a flute! more about that later. we also got some neat postcards, jewelry, and fresh delicious olives for lunch.
albi on monday without han is toulouse-lautrec's hometown with a great museum, and on the way there we stopped at a beautiful winery and had our own private wine-tasting.
wednesday in rocamadour (once we found our way out of toulouse) was an amazing little town climbing the side of a cliff, with a cathedral built into the side of the cliff, and an amazing view from the top...not to mention a flamingly gay store owner! han had a play to attend for class on this evening, so mom, dad, and i had dinner on our own and tried foie gras - it was delish! we all liked it prepared three different ways, including raw!!
in cahors we got an expensive but delicious block of cheese at an outdoor market, then drove to st. cirq lapopie for even more spectacular views than rocamadour. unfortunately, the weather was pretty awful...we still managed to find another open winery so han could experience it too. dinner this night was at the cabanis's apartment, where han has been staying, and all four of us enjoyed trying rabbit for the first time - mme. cabanis is a wonderful cook! dad says the rabbit was as good as any turkey he's ever had.
today han's in class again, and we're going to carcassone, a walled medieval city famous for its part in the crusades. han has asked me to get her a patch for her backpack and a sticker for her car, if possible, which she already has from andorra. han has been to carcassone with her friends.
tomorrow is friday, our last day here. we'll stay in the city, pack, shop, and perhaps visit another museum. for dinner, we're taking four of han's friends out to dinner - pam from mansfield, wenke & frederika from germany, and sanna from finland. i'll stay in my parents' room on friday night so we can leave before 5:00am (yuck!) to catch our plane.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Killians in France! I need to quit writing before dad gets too impatient to leave, and mom makes me write anything too corney.

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