Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Final evening in la belle France

It's our penultimate day in France and we're in a Premiere Classe hotel room (sounds better than it is!) with free Internet, so I thought I'd bring you up to speed on our travels.

We're in Amiens, having come from Rouen this morning. We left the Charante on Monday morning after a really chilled break. The gite was great, the pool in particular was fab and the region offered interesting site-seeing opps.

I especially liked Saintes which has lots of Roman remains, including a really well-preserved late first century amphitheatre. The sun shone the second time we went there which was lovely.

I've finished Len Sweet's Gospel According to Starbucks and think it's one of the best things he's written - concise and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm also reading Mark Everett's autobiography, he of the Eels. It's really well-written and entertaining, as well as extremely poignant - he's been through a lot and come through with a really mature take on life.

Started dipping into Walter Brueggemann's latest on preaching - stimulating but hard-going for a holiday!

As far as listening is concerned, I've been loving Yeasayer, Joe Jackson's latest (Rain), Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid and The Cinematic Orchestra Live at the Albert Hall.

Back to blighty tomorrow and my sabbatical travels come to an end. It'll be time to take stock and think about what the future in Bromley holds (at least the autumn...)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait til you're home
missed you both,

The Andrade's

chrissy2sheds said...

It's better than hotel formule1 !

David Hart said...

Saintes is very nice isn't it. It's the nearest town for my father-in-law and his wife. We've just got back from our holiday in northern France on the coast near Amiens!

simon said...

we spent our last night in Amiens - eating dinner at a restaurant by the river. We love it!

Hazel said...

Look forward to seeing you both.