LIZ HARROD

La Fête des Mères

In France, Travel 2011 on May 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

The month of May is certainly a month of holidays in my family. We’ve got Mothers’ day, my dad’s birthday, my parents’ anniversary – which now also doubles as my sister and her fiancé’s engagement – and just to shake it up, since I’m in France, we also have La Fête de Mères, French Mothers’ Day.

So, to celebrate, in addition to wishing my own mother a bonne Fête de Mères, I was invited to join Stéphane and his family in Versailles to eat lunch with my family.

First of all, a big thank you to his brother, sister, mother and stepfather for being so welcoming to me.

His mother cooked a delicious lunch with a fruit and avocado salad, tuna, arugula, and fruit with fresh sorbet and chantilly for desert. Then, after a bit of a rest and little more conversation – in French and English – I got a bit of a treat.

Stéphane’s stepfather is a pilot and has a small propeller plane at the airfield nearby. So he took us up for a flight in the afternoon, showing me the areas surrounding Versailles; looking out over Paris, which actually looks quite small surrounded by all the fields; and even flying over Monet’s gardens in Giverny, which were sunny….. Had we landed I’m sure it would have started raining as soon as I arrived.

It really was a bit of a treat – such a beautiful afternoon, with such a sweet family who I hope to see again very soon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, but Stéph’s mom lent us hers. So he was able to take a few pictures while we were up in the air.


Me up front with Christian.


Paris from the airplane. That’s the Eiffel Tower sticking up there just left of center.

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  1. who allowed my sister to sit in the front seat that close to the controls! Love you sister, but I don’t know if I would allow you to fly the plane 🙂

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