Talk about waking up and thinking you were in a fairy tale; this is what we could see by looking out Gerard and Moniques' kitchen window. The Lords of Menthon who have had descendents since the 11th century, still occupy the premises of the castle. I hiked up to it alone on my second morning in France and took the tour.(Something, to my surprise, that Anna Rae has not done!) The tour is set up like a theatre production; as you move from room to room you are greeted by young actors and actresses dressed in 11th century garb and they take on a role and tell you about the room you are in; unfortunately for me it was all in French. I really enjoyed it just the same and if I ever go back I would do it again...with a translator!
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.