Wednesday, July 29, 2009

images of the french countryside

photo by Skylar

Being in beautiful Sarlat was my favorite part of the trip. I loved the fresh air, the rolling hills, amazing views, the ancient town with stone buildings, the surprises the children and I picked, grown on the property we stayed on. We stayed in a villa where hanging the clothes out to dry on a line was the norm. I could tell by the crispness of the sheets we slept on the first night. And there was the huge garden out back filled with lettuce, herbs, currants, and many fruit trees not yet ripe for us to enjoy. Vegetable gardens in this tiny town were the norm, I was happy to see. And yes, everyone recycles too. Not bad for a town dating back to medieval times.

Monday, July 27, 2009

green mama goes to paris

What this country girl appreciated about the city of Paris: the overall cleanliness, the guys in green uniforms driving small green trucks that were constantly picking up garbage and recycling from bins placed on every street corner, trees and flowers and surprise gardens everywhere, flower boxes, recycled materials made into high fashion art, great public transportation, being able to walk to so many places, and the teeny tiny fuel efficient cars driven by many people.