I’ve patched together some snippets from Skype and paragraphs from email. Most have been written by Annie.
The beach and food
Marseille is getting better. The first few days I was really freaking out I thought “what did we get ourselves into?” Everywhere we looked there were beggars and it felt like this was not the France I love. But then we started exploring and found that they inhabit a very small area. Everything is very very close. As you move from one quarter to the next the mood and the ambiance changes dramatically.
The kids are having a good time and they enjoy the city and the ability to come and go and always have something to do. Catherine loves our strolls and loves the hustle and bustle.
Nearly one month along
We are in the middle of a school holiday which lasts for 10 days from about October 23 to Novermber 3rd. It is called Toussaints. i suppose we would know it as “All Saints”. It’s the equivalent to Halloween except all of France gets a 10 day vacation. Did you know Halloween was brought over to the u.s. by Irish Immigrants. ????
Catherine started school on Thursday after the holiday, November 3rd. I like Catherine’s school but I am not so sure about the boys school. I’m looking into an alternative for them. Private schools are rather cheap compared to prices in California and most likely Annapolis too. They are partially funded by the governement which could account for the price difference. They are around 100 to 150 Euros per month per child.