After two long days spent wandering around town, it was just as nice to come back to a place I really considered a second home, with lovely people and lovely memories. Also nice was the air-conditioning, as even in the month of May, Albi was sweltering by Nantes standards!
Things like the sunny view from my third-floor bedroom, pictured above, were just as I had remembered them seven years before; Maëlle and I still took breakfast in the kitchen – big mugs of tea, fruit, and muesli…though Nutella and toast were welcomed guests, too, just like when we were fifteen and sixteen. Their home is such a pleasant place, full of travel souvenirs and family photos. And the house itself has an interesting history. Originally two units, they were bought together in a state of complete disrepair. There were holes in the ceilings and birds living in the rafters (which, to Maëlle, who has always had an interest in ornithology, was actually a key selling point). Fixing up the house required a huge amount of work, and a lot of it was done by the family. And as their home was once two free-standing buildings, they chose to incorporate both of their styles – inside and out! Brick walls from one unit are exposed in the other and make it a really unique place. I’m glad that I’ve been able to spend so much time there and am looking forward to the day that I can welcome the Bujauds into my own home!
But until then, I’ll delight in stuffing myself full of the most delicious cherries I have ever eaten, harvested from the trees in their backyard, on those wonderful, rare days that I am able to spend in Albi with great friends.