Algernon et Ilsa: la vie est belle

In September of 2012, Algernon and Ilsa moved to France. Their first stop was Paris, where they visited a patisserie and did some sightseeing.

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Clockwise from left: Ilsa and Algernon admiring pastries; visiting Notre Dame; on a bridge over the Seine.

In the Cimetière du Montparnasse, Ilsa was overcome by the existentialism of it all.

Ilsa and Algernon at the grave of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Ilsa and Algernon at the grave of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

After a few days, it was off to Narbonne, where they would be living for four months. Narbonne is in the south of France and even in October, it was warm, sunny, and adorned with flowers. Here, Algernon and Ilsa enjoy an excursion on the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the town.

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Algernon and Ilsa at the Canal de la Robine.

In November, Algernon and Ilsa came to visit me in Florence, where I was staying for several weeks. They loved it and by the end of their week-long stay, they were looking forward to moving there early in the new year.

Top, Ilsa and Algernon with the Ponte Vecchio in the background. Bottom, on top of the Campanile di Giotto, with the dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.
Top, Ilsa and Algernon with the Ponte Vecchio in the background. Bottom, on top of the Campanile di Giotto, with the dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.

Back in Narbonne, there was still time for a lot more sightseeing. On one day, they went to Marseillan, which sits on a large lagoon, the Étang de Thau. The highlight of their morning came when a gentleman allowed them to try out his motorcycle.

Clockwise from left: Algernon and Ilsa on the motorcycle; with the Étang de Thau in the background; and having wine with lunch.
Clockwise from left: Algernon and Ilsa on the motorcycle; with the Étang de Thau in the background; having wine with lunch.

At the end of January, 2013, it was time to say goodbye to Narbonne and head for Florence. A planned one-night stay in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin turned into a two-night stay (due to the exhaustion of the driver – me!), so there was time to visit Monaco.

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Clockwise from left: Ilsa and Algernon at the hotel in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin; on the yellow submarine at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco; on a bird sculpture in the nearby Les Jardins St Martin.

When I left Florence a couple of days after our arrival at their new apartment, Algernon and Ilsa were ready to start their Italian adventure.

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Ilsa and Algernon at the window overlooking Florence.

To be continued…

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