La Belle France

July 26, 2003 | 2 Comments

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’m actually typing this in the airport lounge in Bordeaux, France. (On a French keyboard, which in case you didn’t know, has a different layout than US keyboards. “A” and “Q” are transposed, for example, as are a host of other letters and punctuation synbols… So that’s my excuse for any typos !)

Anyway, here I am on a Saturday afternoon in France. Why is that ? Well, for most of the past week I was travelling on business in Spain and Germany. Coincidentally, my friends from the castle this year hired a house in France instead of returning to Rosturk. And this weekend is smack in the middle of their two-week rental. So I decided to stop in for dinner on Friday night, by flying from Frankfurt to Bordeaux and driving two hours to the chateau.

It was great to see Ian and June, Kierman and Michelle, Nick and Hanelle, Breanndan and Paola, Trish and Paul, Lorraine and Paul, Tom and Sive and James. And their assorted kids…

James conducted his annual quiz (which our team, of course, won :-) and a gastronomic feast was prepared by Ian and June. All in all a great night, followed by a leisurely breakfast (cafe et croissants, of course) and a drive back to the airport. Soon I’ll board my flight to Paris, and then home to Jenn and the kids tonight ! But for now, I can keep surfing the web in the airline lounge…


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  1. Leanne on July 31, 2003 11:09 am

    … and I heard that you bumped into my father-in-law at the airport!!!!?

  2. Brian on July 31, 2003 1:53 pm

    Yes ! I met him on the flight from Bordeaux to Paris. He was with your step-sister-in-law, who it seems was (apart from yourself and Ella) the belle of the ball at Kilmainham…
    Hope they had a good time on the rest of their holiday. As for me, it ended very nicely – I was upgraded to first class on the Air France flight back :)
    And it’s amazing to see the change in the kids week by week; Orla is getting to be the proper little conversationalist, and Eoghan is becoming quite interactive now – he’ll take you by the hand to bring you to see things now.