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.


5 thoughts on “Homestay

  1. This was a very exciting post to read considering my family and I are next week leaving to begin our European travels next week—first stop, Salvagnac, Tarn, for three months! I am now even more excited!

    The house is beautiful! I hope you enjoy your stay.

    1. Wow! What a coincidence that you and your family will be so close to Albi in a week’s time! I’ve not been to Salvagnac, but I’ve been able to visit quite a few of the tiny villages of the Tarn. You’re in for a real treat! Have a wonderful trip!

  2. What an amazing home! It’s a treat to view these photos and the house looks like something from a magazine. (And you can tell them I said so.) Looks like somebody in the family likes the sea — I notice several boats.

    1. Yes, good spotting! Most of the mother’s family is actually from Brittany on the northwest coast of France, so the ocean and Breton style is very important to her.

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