Well that’s it! Summer is practically over and I am off on my road trip. I cant wait… I think! I usually have a bit of a melt down before I go and threaten to cancel everything. The Summer School has been wonderful and the students have been such great fun. I think its been one of the best I can remember ( for me, at least) in sofar as everyone getting on and bonding and the weather being kind.
So with the last students going on Sunday ( provided the dam Eurostar doesn’t keep striking) we are off on our sojourn. Driving down to San Remo, via Fontainebleau; Annecy and Mont Blanc Tunnel. I haven’t been allowed to take the ” rag roof” , LM deciding instead that we had to go in a slightly more sedate style. So I wont be able to wear my scarf wrapped around my head and tied under the neck to stop the wind blowing my hair. But I do intend to get into the Italian way of life and have been eating pasta all week. ( I do seem to have bloated at bit and maybe need to restrict it to once a day…)
A week in San Remo soaking up some sunshine and dubious culture ( I love the way the Russians decamped there and tried to make it their own ) and then over to Argeles for a week of cycling, followed by the route home via the Black Madonna at Rocamadour and last night in arty farty Barbizon.
I am certainly hoping for some Dolce Vita but with LM probably looking for the Sports Bar so he can watch the first Arsenal game of the season, I may need to act fast!
When we return and as our European Summer closes, we start to ramp up our Cape Town Centre. It works very well as it extends our season and you know me, ” any excuse to visit my second home!” Currently we have 40 French students wanting ” something different” in February and we are trying hard to get everything they wish in just 10 days around Cape Town. A visit to the wonderful Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach is a real ” must do!”
We naturally have to work on the tourist attractions but in there I always try to get them to visit the local Township we sponsor. Its always slightly grounding and I ensure that if they come through us, its included in their Schedule. If you have a minute, please follow the link below and watch the video. You may be inspired to assist as I was, but if not, you will at least feel rather proud of these people. I find the community fascinating and I wish there was more I could do….Each time we visit we are treated like old friends and its always a positive experience.
Lastly, I also have a pink diamond sitting in a vault in Johannesburg with my name on it, but whether I can retrieve it or not, is a story for another day
Bonnes Vacances….and see you in September, ( well, maybe! )