TRAVEL with pat and lew

our mantra: it’s an adventure

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 22, 2007

 Many tasks will be more difficult than anticipated, especially in a language we don’t speak. Beyond language, French people often do things differently than Americans.

We try to remember it’s their country and we’re the guests. We’re the ones who should accommodate them, not the other way around.

Every single French person we deal with tries to be helpful, despite our frequent difficulty explaining what we want. In a pinch, we call on our English-speaking realtor Sam and our neighbor Brigitte.

It’s an adventure. Live the adventure. Enjoy the uncertainty.

Lest you think I’m really that patient, I should assure you that I’m often frustrated, sometimes really frustrated.

But we repeat our mantra … it’s an adventure.

Things will work out.

Often they actually do.



One Response to “our mantra: it’s an adventure”

  1. Barbara said

    Lew – perhaps you know something about the history of the installation in Collioure memorializing the departure of Jews in 1493 – in a niche in the cliff on the approach to the castle. What motivated the creation, did the municipality commission it, was Collioure particularly noteworthy as a Jewish center in the 14th and 15th centuries? Hopefully, you’ll take a few moments to reply. By the way, we are compatriots in that we, too, establish ourselves for weeks at a time here and there: Como, Tuscany, Languedoc, Holland…lovely getaways all.

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