After months of laying low during the cold winter months, it seems that we are now running at full speed. I think that it has something to do with the warming temperatures and the imminent departure of our San Francisco friends, the Doziers. We are trying to get everything in before they leave. (I think they’ll be happy to leave Montpellier so that they can finally get a bit of rest…) 😉
One of our first weeks here, our banker recommended that we visit a small village called Saint-Guilhem Le Désert. Well, it took 6 months (by the way, May 1st was our 6 month anniversary here – time flies!!!), but we made it. We initially were planning on making it a small affair, but different ones in our congregation came up to us and they all wanted to take us there! So it turned into a big afternoon with many in our congregation going. The more the merrier, right?
Just a little info on Saint-Guilhem Le Désert: In the early 800’s C.E., a Duke by the name of Guilhem established this village. The village’s beautiful location, as well as its well-preserved state, has it listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. In fact, the abbey (built in the 11th century) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We were super excited to explore this beautiful town. Before exploring, however, our friends recommended doing a little hike behind the town up into the hills. So our village walk turned into a bit of a hike. No problem, right? However, the trail sort of disappeared, and we soon found ourselves bouldering up some large rocks and castle ruins. Not the walk we were expecting, but the beautiful views and fun times with friends make up for it!
Finally, we made it to the top! However, very strong winds made being up there quite interesting…
After our hiking/rock climbing adventure, we were able to do a little stroll through the town of Saint-Guilhem Le Désert…
What a lovely afternoon with our congregation!
P.S. I can’t help showing off my latest macaron creation, made for a gathering that we had today celebrating the one year anniversary of the Montpellier East English Congregation…Until next time…
Gorgeous roses and and perfect macarons! Interesting hike. Lovely views.
Thanks! Yes, the roses blooming all around here are absolutely beautiful. And the macarons have been lots of fun to be creative with.
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