The group was unanimous. They decided that Virieu was the friendliest village in France. Everywhere we sat, locals came over to talk to us. Today as we were having a picnic under the covered market, one of the inhabitants came over to bring us coffee. He brought us sugar, cups and made hot coffee for us. He then invited us into his house to see his garden. He didn’t speak English but was very sweet. I translated for the group anyway.
As you can see on the picture, the picnic was a real French picnic with a tablecloth, flowers in a vase and even candles!!!!! Our chef Valerie went again out of her way to please us and to present everything beautifully.
Later, a woman came over to speak to Linda but she couldn’t speak English. Linda tried her best French but her French sounded more like Spanish. Fortunately, the woman was from Argentina and started to speak in Spanish. She has a ceramic shop in Grenoble and Linda used to have a ceramic shop when she lived in Columbia. What a coincidence!!!! They started to chat away.
Later on, a couple with a small child came over to admire our painter’s work. They were originally from England, so no language barrier. Their 4 year old kid started to draw in Shelley’s notebook. They told the group where they lived and that their house was open if they needed anything.
What else can you hope for? Painting cute little houses and getting invited by the locals inside their house. What a treat!