DISCLAIMER: While we hope this blog will be a way for friends and family to follow our adventures in France, we also intend for it to be a sort of diary of our trip. That said, there will be some minutiae contained herein which you may find totally irrelevant and completely boring. Please feel free to skip and just look at the pretty pictures.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day Eighteen: Cenac Market, Montfort, and Playtime

When we woke up this morning, the girls wanted to visit their favorite bakery in the next town over, Cenac. Fortunately, unbeknownst to us, it was market day; so after purchasing our sweets, we strolled around a quintessential French market:

Smells abounded: cheese, soaps, paella, B.O. The girls purchased some wallets to store their Euro coinage in:

Newly rich, the ladies decided to peruse the local real estate:

After the Cenac market, we finally stopped by our neighborhood castle, Chateau de Montfort, which we pass daily:

I think it is the most beautiful of any I have ever seen; it is perched on a cliff, high above the twisting Dordogne river below. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public so the only picture I could get is this shot of the tower hidden behind the village (the ones above are from the internet):

When we got back home, we had a quiet lunch and then the fun began. The Chicago family came back from their morning out to spend the rest of the afternoon at the gite. Our children played together for about five hours, splitting their time between the pool, spying, and dance routines in the gardens. Their mom, who I've been having a great time with, even fed my children some chocolate mousse:

When dinnertime rolled around, the girls were too wrapped up in a variation of capture the flag, so I did this for an hour:

And Kenny comes home tomorrow! I spoke to him briefly on the phone; he sounds great and said he felt really good about his first race. Apparently, there was some disqualification nonsense going on during today's sprint. We will await the official story tomorrow...

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