Bonjour tout le monde! (Hello everyone!)
As mentioned in my last two posts (on porcelain and a throwback respectively), I spent my long weekend in the beautiful Limoges, capital of the Limousin region. Limousin is the second least populated region of France (after Corsica) but still makes quite the impression. My weekend was so much fun, and I bought some beautiful souvenirs! We arrived Friday evening, after a five hour road trip. The first thing I noticed upon our arrival was the strange shape of the trees! After asking Cécile and her mum about it, I learned that the branches were cut short and that the clumped ends were moss. I’d never seen anything like it so it was really cool!
We stayed with my host mum’s best friend, who happened to live across the street from Town Hall! This building is very grand, and is modeled as a smaller version of Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), so that was quite nice. We had a calm evening as we were all tired, but we looked forward to an adventurous two days. Saturday morning was spent at home, as Cécile and I had homework while the adults ran some errands. As I sat on my bed I kept hearing people cheering and talking, and realized it was coming from Town Hall. Why? Because Saturdays, mean weddings! I saw three weddings go by that day, and I was only home for a small part of the day.
That afternoon we went shopping, and if you follow me on Instagram (which you all should, because I post sneak peeks for my next blog post!) you’d know I took lots of pictures of the adorable sign shops. We visited a cheese shop that had tons of gourmet aged cheese wheels, then a chocolate shop with every variation of chocolate you could imagine! We also went to some boutiques, a few chapels, to historic sites, and my favourite place of the day – the porcelain shop! (If you want to read more about that, check out the last post I did!)
Following the trip to Maison de la Porcelaine, we went for a little walk in the park nearby, and then for a drive around the French countryside. As I wrote to my sister, if I’m ever looking for a vacation house when I’m older, somebody remind me to look for a villa in rural Limousin! We also saw a lot of cows (or Moo-Moos as I call them) grazing in the pastures, birds singing in the trees, and flowers starting their spring bloom. It was so pretty and serene.
We left Monday afternoon, but not before having on final outing, this time to a cathedral. This church is super old – as in the XV century (15th for those who don’t know roman numerals – like me before coming here) and was built in a gothic style. We also walked to the botanic gardens nearby, which weren’t in bloom (obviously) but still nice nonetheless. It’s definitely on my bucket list to see it when in full bloom though!
And the final part of the day was walking through the old part of the city, cobblestones and all. My host mum made lots of jokes about how Toronto/Canada in general doesn’t compare, and she’s 100% right. Canada is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. But it doesn’t have the historic charm of France and the rest of Europe. Many of the places I’ve visited are actually older than Canada itself. Canada’s just a baby in comparison!
Anyways, that weekend was a lot of fun, and as I wish it could have lasted longer. Thank you to my host mum for arranging this trip and her amazing friend for having me. This entire trip has been surreal and I appreciate it so much <3