Nantes (Arrival)

Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
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Trip End Dec 24, 2006


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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Nantes is a very beautiful city. There don't seem to be lots of things to tempt tourists (a chateau and several museums of fine art, natural history, archaeology, and the like), but as a place to live, it's great. I remember hearing it was rated the best city in France as far as quality of life goes, and I believe it.

My host family, the Bodets, are great - very animated, lively, friendly, and just generally good, down-to-earth people. They live in an old but pretty apartment in the city center very close to my school. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I would not have to go to mass each Sunday by myself, the sole observant Catholic in a family of secularists living in a Catholic country gone godless. In every room of the Bodet apartment, there is one or a combination of the followng: (a) cross (b) rosary (c) Bible verse (d) parish bulletin (e) Mary, statue, icon, or picture (f) Jesus, statue, icon or picture (g) saints, statue, icon, or picture (h) JPII, photo (i) Benedict XVI, photo (j) Christian cartoon/drawing. According to Mme Bodet, although faith is becoming less and less in France, people in the west still go to church. She invited me to go with the two oldest kids, Louis-Marie and Marie-Leticia, to a group at their church for high school and college students, which sounds very good.

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