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Nostalgic

River, by Penne Cole

River, by Penne Cole

It’s not every day that one gets a chance to live in the French countryside for a year. When I was accepted into the MBA programme, I leapt at the opportunity, eager to spend some time exploring Europe.

My first apartment was in the heart of town, a few minutes’ walk to campus. But it wasn’t until I moved into the ancient, pink stone house that I felt truly at home.

Garden by the river, by Penne Cole

Garden by the river, by Penne Cole

I was living the dream in the countryside; I had a river running past my doorstep and a private garden to savour it from. I had a beautiful room in a cheerful, sunny yellow and quaint, sloping stone floors. I had a pair of beautiful Labradors to keep me company, and a boulangerie a short walk away in the delightful old French village. Best of all, I made some amazing friends during the short year, and we had some great dinner parties.

Labrador, by Penne Cole

Labrador, by Penne Cole

But now, I’m at the end of my journey in France. It’s been a wonderful year of love and laughter and new friends. But it was also a year of loss and loneliness, of roller-coaster ups and downs. Nostalgia is already sinking in.

Thank you for the memories.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

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4 comments on “Nostalgic

  1. xpat92
    July 10, 2013

    Hi Penne,
    I didn’t know that you were living in France for your studies. I am happy that Life here was beautiful & productive.
    I am in the South Paris burbs. 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      July 10, 2013

      Yes I was living a 45-minute train ride south of Paris. It was a beautiful place and I’m sad to leave it.

      Are you near Parc Montsouris? I’ve heard it is really nice but I’ve never had a chance to visit.

      • xpat92
        July 10, 2013

        Hi Penne,
        I am under a half hour away from Cité universitaire. I have been to Parc Monsouris once. It is a big and pleasant park across from the Uni résidences. I recommend a walk there.
        Enjoy!

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