I know I'll be back here, to sketch and to rent one of the little boats and have a paddle around the lake, but it was time to head back, get my stuff and head to Mme Guider's apartment where I'll stay for the next two weeks.
I couldn't have landed with a better host. Mme Guider, Dominique, is lovely, as is her home. She's an excellent guide (her last name even means guide!). We had so much to talk about right away. Her home is full of books and art, and little poems beautifully written on tiny cards tucked in all over the place. She took me on a walking tour of the city, explaining the geography, history and cultural significance of everything, loaded me up with good French books (like Le Petit Prince) and cooked me an incredible meal. She speaks very clearly and is so interesting that I'm finding I'm able to understand her without too much difficulty. By the time I tucked into my adorable little antique bed covered in toile de jouy fabric I was exhausted, stuffed, and 'tres content'.