Laurie says lots of blog readers will be interested in seeing where we’re staying for five weeks. I’m not so sure, but here goes…
I think an unsettling moment of traveling is when you arrive at a place – a hotel, a B & B, a rental, whatever – that you’ve seen only in pictures and you open the door. What, exactly, are you going to discover? We’ve seen plenty of places that looked oh-so-good on a website but were not-so-good when the door opened. Our cottage here in Bois-le-Roi gave us the opposite reaction: we liked what we saw on the website, but the reality is better.
Now, we had references, so to speak, for this cottage: our friends the Germains and Rufins both know the owner, we heard that the remodeling work was done by a man who’d done work for both of them, so we expected the place to be fine. From the minute we walked in, though, we knew it would exceed our expectations. It is light, roomy, well-equipped, the re-modeled bathroom is beautiful, the yard is huge and green, it’s on a quiet street, it’s…well, perfect.
We have some time in September for which we hadn’t figured out where we’d stay, but now we know: we’ll come back here. This place is a wonderful find. It’s 35 minutes by train to Paris, there are many walking trails, and if we’re lazy, we can just sit in the yard chairs and enjoy the garden (with, of course, a glass or two of rosé).