Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter in Troyes

Easter found the entire family together once more to celebrate in a tiny house in Troyes. Three generations, eleven adults, and two babies gathered round the table on Sunday for a lunch of roasted lamb, asparagus, white beans harvested from last year's garden, and lemon meringue pie. And chocolate. The table was dressed with sachets of traditional chocolate eggs, fish, and seashells. I have been craving chocolate almost continuously since le Petit was born, so this year I appreciate this holiday more than ever.

The garden was dressed in its spring Sunday best with neat beds of white tulips and yellow daffodils. All was covered with an inch of heavy, wet snow on Sunday and Monday morning which looked magical in the early sun but melted by noon. By Monday afternoon, the sudden, rainy giboulées of March were back, with intermittent dark skies and hailstorms for the drive back home.

To me, all is green and bright back home, even under storm clouds. The dreary freeway that rings Paris, le péripherique, is almost cheerful at this time of year as forgotten daffodils and tulips start to bloom on the grassy slopes between the concrete walls. It's perhaps not enough to make me happy to be back home, but a bit of a consolation as I wait for the next occasion to escape to Troyes again.

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