In September of 2012, Algernon and Ilsa moved to France. Their first stop was Paris, where they visited a patisserie and did some sightseeing.
In the Cimetière du Montparnasse, Ilsa was overcome by the existentialism of it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To be continued…