by Debbie DiMicco
Actually it was not in the park, but back in Alsace on a particularly lovely Sunday. On Sundays in Alsace, everything is closed (which is not the case in the rest of France, but Alsace is a bit “particular” in that way). It is a day off for most people, and, as the stepson of my host Céline explained to me, Sunday is a day when you do not look at your watch.
Nancy and I were invited to a noon meal at Virginie’s house (Virginie is one of the trip leaders, along with my host Céline Peronet who will be accompanying the group when they arrive at the end of March). It was a delightful reunion of former trip leaders, many of whom were hosted by Nancy or me on past trips. We met up with Alain Collange, a now retired but long-time leader of the trip, former GS French teacher and trip leader, Claudie Fischer, past trip leaders Christine Garaud and Benedicte Zirnheld. We caught up with Hélène Wicquart, who accompanied the exchange back in the 70’s when the group visited GS in August…
After a week of rain, wind, clouds and cold, it was finally sunny. We took advantage of the beau temps on Virginie’s patio basking in some much desired sunshine and meeting up with old friends and veterans of this storied exchange.
After this day of “repos” the students will return tomorrow to their “stages” for the remainder of the week.