The Plan — Part One

I’ll spare you any more photos of boxes, but you can take my word for it that they’re piling up around here. And I, dear Reader, have finally packed TWO of them. Gold star for me. Until a few days ago, I’ve been wielding my highly developed instruction-following skills by putting together our massive dossiers for our long-stay visa applications, and last Thursday, I hauled nearly three pounds (yes, THREE POUNDS) of paperwork over to Kinkos and shipped it FedEx — as instructed, of course — to the French Consulate in Los Angeles. As of Wednesday morning, the bank shows they’ve run the card for the payment of the fee, but I have no idea if that’s a good sign or not. On verra! (We’ll see!)

It has been brought to my attention that the minutiae of our projected adventure are not quite as widely known as I had somehow imagined. Quelle surprise! What else could anyone possibly have to think about? I’ve even been asked where we’re going, a subject on which I was fairly certain I had been monopolizing conversations for at least a year. So here, briefly — or as briefly as you can reasonably expect from me — is a bit of the itinerary.

We’re temporarily leaving views like this:

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

And castles like this:

Bishop Castle, Colorado
Bishop Castle, Colorado (More on this place later!)

For views like this:

Paris, from the top of La Tour Eiffel
Paris, from  atop La Tour Eiffel

And this:

Dordogne River Valley, France
Dordogne River Valley, France

And castles like this:

Château de Chenonceau, France
Château de Chenonceau, France

And this:

Château des Milandes, France
Château des Milandes, France, Josephine Baker’s Humble Abode

The Plan — Part One: In March, we’re heading off to France, for just enough more than three months to require the aforementioned long-stay visa, then back to the states for a New England summer, then back to France, for about two and a half months, but just soon enough after the previous trip to require another visa. Yippee. Excellent planning, non?

After the second France trip . . . ah . . . you’ll have to stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “The Plan — Part One”

  1. Sunny: Thank you for the pictures and itinerary. I actually got into the system a couple weeks ago – after about three tries; I am always uneasy when installing a new program, or what ever they are called nowadays, fearing I will hit a wrong key and blow up Denver – but I guess the Seahawks did that last week. Dad

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