Here’s what we got: a (mostly) lovely Opel Zafira.   Opel is apparently a German car. The Zafira is a cool sort of half-way-between-hatch-back-and-mini-van.  It’s basically a decent sized 5-seater – but two smaller seats flip up in the back so it can seat 7 if you need (so yes – 2 of you can visit at a time – and none of you will have to sit on the roof).

We decided – a car in France is going to get really banged up, scratched, dented in the parking lot etc…. so why not let the previous owner take the hit for that.  It’s just “well broken in.”

Zafira

Here’s what we got: a (mostly) lovely Opel Zafira.   Opel is apparently a German car. The Zafira is a cool sort of half-way-between-hatch-back-and-mini-van.  It’s basically a decent sized 5-seater – but two smaller seats flip up in the back so it can seat 7 if you need (so yes – 2 of you can visit at a time – and none of you will have to sit on the roof).

We decided – a car in France is going to get really banged up, scratched, dented in the parking lot etc…. so why not let the previous owner take the hit for that.  It’s just “well broken in.”

Car Buying Day!

Today we went out to buy a car.  Should only take an hour or so right?  Oh no no no Monsieur, c’est la France!

We got lost on our way to this little town way up in the mountains – and the guy had to drive to find us and lead us back to his little farmey place.  By the time we got there -and took it for a little test drive, and decided to buy it – it was 1:00. So then the insurance guy was of course still on lunch. So we drove back to the nearest village and found a boulangerie and bought some sandwiches and the kids each picked out a treat. We sat in the little town square – and had a little picnic.  By 2:00 the insurance guy was back – and we called him and got things all lined up. Voila. Now just a short (2hr) drive back – easy peasy. 10am – 4:30pm – one car bought.

Car Buying Day!

Today we went out to buy a car.  Should only take an hour or so right?  Oh no no no Monsieur, c’est la France!

We got lost on our way to this little town way up in the mountains – and the guy had to drive to find us and lead us back to his little farmey place.  By the time we got there -and took it for a little test drive, and decided to buy it – it was 1:00. So then the insurance guy was of course still on lunch. So we drove back to the nearest village and found a boulangerie and bought some sandwiches and the kids each picked out a treat. We sat in the little town square – and had a little picnic.  By 2:00 the insurance guy was back – and we called him and got things all lined up. Voila. Now just a short (2hr) drive back – easy peasy. 10am – 4:30pm – one car bought.

Blackberry hunting

For today’s outing we walked down the mountain a ways to pick blackberries in front of a friends house. We took our 3 kids plus the Simoni’s 3 kids for a hike to get there. We picked enough for a large blackberry crisp for desert -and have about half left. On the way the kids also picked (& ate) plums and grapes. We found the nice trail to hike on the way back – but ended up hiking up higher than their house – and had to backtrack back down. The kids were all pretty tired by the time we got home. Just enough energy for biking up and down the steep driveway (only one major crash) and jumping on the trampoline.