It’s five weeks until Tom’s and my exploratory trip to France following the final sale of Mama Ganache, and less than four months until our projected move to France.
This immense choice to change countries, and languages, and neighbors is largely driven by my current project, Two Suitcases, a series of historical fiction pieces based on my parents’ three escapes from Vienna, Paris, and the south of France. In order to do research in all three settings, we planned to move to Luçon, a city of 10,000 on the Atlantic coast, very near to Centre Tripura and dear friends.
As these things go, the moment I fell totally in love with Luçon, having explored it in great detail via leboincoin, the French Craigslist, Google Maps, and a series of wonderful five-minute broadcasts by Sud Vendée TV, the direction of our adventure seems to be changing.
It occurred to me to consider moving directly to the region of southern France where my parents were in hiding, rather than settling in Luçon immediately. Do the the research out of chronological order. Ease into our new life in a furnished apartment in a small city more like San Luis Obispo or Ithaca, walkable, culturally and historically rich, with no need for a car.
Our trip to France in May will now include a few days in Montauban , a city of 58,000, four hours southeast of Luçon. If the right furnished apartment in center of the city shows up, perhaps we’ll end up there for our first year of footlooseness.
An hour north of Toulouse, Montauban was my parents’ destination when they left Paris as part of the great exodus of June 1940. Under the combined auspices of the Austrian Social Democratic party and the French Resistance, they spent the next two years in hiding outside a small village about an hour from Montauban. As I was growing up, both of them – but especially my mother – spoke of retiring to Montauban.
So we will see where the shifting winds blow us. Stay tuned.
16 thoughts on “A shift in the wind”
Une grande aventure!
C’est bien vrai!
Do you also text each other while home together? Barbara has started doing that occasionally.
Haha! We used to, when we were in the big house. But in this little one, It isn’t necessary.
What an adventure! Looking forward to updates! Happy Trails!
Thanks! It is exciting!
Oh WOW, Eve. You are as amazing as ever. May the very best of adventures await you and Tom on the far shores of the Atlantic.
Your Pacifica Sister, gwen
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Come see us here before we leave —- or in France!
Looking forward to hearing more and to seeing you xx
We’ll be in Paris for a day on May 2. Will you be there? I’d love to see you!
OOOO-La-La, it does sound like a most interesting adventure! Linda and I will be near SLO 5/28,29, 30, 31…on vw camping tour- but I’m thinking you will be across the great sea??
We’ll be back May 15. Get in touch when you’re nearby.
Exciting times. Al and I are moving to Bend in May.
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Dear Eve and Tom; What exciting news!!! Much good luck, happiness, good health & Much,Much JOY. Please keep in touch with news about your new and interesting life — you both are AMAZING. Lots of Love, Lynne
What an adventure and an inspiration to all of us to follow our dreams! Hugs, Elie