things are nice and quiet and calm back in franceland now that the holidays are finished. everyone seems quite subdued. it's kind of nice. i think everyone could have used another 3 days off. it's tough when xmas and new year's day are on saturdays-- it's hard coming back to work right after.
lucca was ok-- rather rainy and quiet. santa margherita was gorgeous but rainy, and our walk to portofino turned out to be somewhat trecherous. antibes was amazing. wicked warm, sunny, beaches everywhere, lots of good food, nice people. bought tons of handmade soap and had a nice meal on new year's eve. our hotel was run by young gay men who had a raging karaoke party new year's eve. pretty fun. after antibes we stayed with friends in gevrey chambertin, a little village close to dijon with lots of good burgundy wine. the hospitality was great, the wine was heavenly, our friends wonderful. B made a huge dinner on our last night and it was to die for. it's so wonderful spending time with thoughtful, lovely, genuine people as were our friends.
B and i parted ways, tearfully, in dijon. i caught a cold and a train home, he caught a train to zurich, where he stays until tomorrow before flying home.
home-- what a strange concept. i am "home" right now but so far from "home" at the same time-- without loved ones, what and where is home? who are we? just a collection of things.