There’s a summer place
Where it may rain or storm
Yet I’m safe and warm
— from the song and movie “A Summer Place” circa 1959-60
That pretty much sums up how I feel about our place here. As we are getting ready to leave Normandy and France, I wanted to share with you some of the images I cherish most from my summers here. I am excited to go back to the United States and catch up with friends and loved ones. I look forward to being back in a place where I don’t need to second-guess whether or not what I am saying or doing is culturally right…though I must say that this past summer, I have been pretty comfortable with committing some faux pas while in France and knowing it will be okay. Heck, the French know that I am not a true Frenchwoman anyway. I tell myself that it’s the effort that counts. I do see that the French people I have encountered are appreciative of the efforts I have made in speaking their language and following certain cultural “codes.” On a more serious note, I truly tried to capture in the photos below some of the comfort, warmth and peace that I get from being here.
And now some photos of our little town, Pont Audemer. It is surrounded by the Risle River and was known for its leather tannery business. In fact, Thierry Hermès from the Hermès brand (yes, the famous scarves, bags, etc) started the family business here.
An old store sign that’s still at the town center
So long, Normandy! Until next time….