we departed Amsterdam after a week of great times with great friends, and we were off to Limoges, France, to visit Jao's old, very good friend, Etienne. Etienne's family has a kind of...farm situation about 25 minutes outside Limoges, and he invited us to visit with him and his family for 5 days. we happily accepted. we were both really looking forward to relaxing with his family and enjoying some time, a bit disconnected from the world.
but we really had no idea what kind of treat we were in for.
we arrived at the Lamy farm under the cover of a dark, rainy night, so we couldn't exactly see what we were arriving at. Etienne's family welcomed us with a true, warm french heart....they immediately put a glass of red wine in our hands and gave us a huge plate of fresh cheese to eat. it was pretty late and after a few more glasses of wine... we headed off to sleep in the lofted room above the garage....and then we woke up the next morning..... and realized Etienne's family home was literally a 300 year old french farmhouse straight out of a fairytale.
so essentially, our week off the grid in the French countryside was everything you could ever image it being. we learned some french history, we celebrated Bastille Day, we drank 30 year old wine (seriously) with dinner...and the casual table wine was typically about 10 years old so...we drank really well, we swam in the handmade pool overlooking the farm fields, we rode around on an old motorbike, and we ate nothing but duck breast, foie gras, fresh french cheeses, beef skewers made from a cow they killed like, 3 days earlier, and escargot. every. single. day.
and to top it off....we were able to do all of this and spend it with a great friend and then become a little part of his BEAUTIFUL family for a week. Etienne's parents, brother, and sister welcomed us with open arms and by the time we left, we felt like we were a part of their home. we spent late nights drinking fine whiskies with his dad, mornings eating eggs from their chickens with his mom, afternoons talking world affairs and girlfriends with his brother, and every evening was spent gathered to eat and drink well together.
it was heaven, and nothing i could ever say about our time there could ever do it justice.