We returned to France the end of April. We had a few little things to deal with upon our arrival to JoLi' Folie:
(a porcelain toilet tank had split in the winter cold, and our little car had been towed away and impounded by the police!)
Daily life in Paris returned to normal with small chores on the barge, going in to Paris to catch up on exhibitions and visits to the
gardens at Giverny. Last year we missed the Iris and the wisteria blooming at Giverny. This year we went three times in the
month of May and were lucky to view the tulips and Iris at their peaks, AND be present for the short (normally 10-14 days) of
the wisteria blooming on the Japanese bridge. We've included a great deal of these photos for you to enjoy.
Of course, Lisa quickly returned to her Brocante/Vide Grenier-ing. It's kind of like flea markets but each village puts them on
and charges for spaces to vendors as a way to make money for their village. May is THE month to be in France for this activity.
You see, there is at least one day every week in May that is a holiday so every weekend is a long one and the villages
everywhere host their brocantes. Lisa has found that May is the BEST month to find treasures of all kinds because the sellers
have been out all winter seeking, finding and buying their items that they will resell in the spring. Some days she will do 5-7
brocantes in one day and is gone from early morning to evening. It's become a passion for her and she's collected some
wonderful goodies and tells some wonderful stories on their acquisitions along the way.
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