France Day 17 - Tennis, Massage, and relaxing

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
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Trip End Sep 01, 2008


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Flag of France  , Pays de la Loire,
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today, we choose once again to stick close to home and enjoy Chateau-Gontier's relaxing pace.

A lazy morning is interrupted by a burst of Janice Energy ... she wants to play tennis. NOW. And so we go. The skies look like rain at any minute, but game after game with not a single drop. Three matches go by and we have a victor. Janice wins the first set strongly. Some good rallies, but she dominates. The second set, Asher finds his serve and steamrolls to a 6-0 rally. The final set is tied at 3-3, until Asher pulls ahead with consistent serves. Ah, the sweet taste of victory. Its been a LONG time since I beat Janice.
Asher v. Janice, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 ... As we played, the kids ran around the other empty courts having fun with a backpack full of toys we brought from the house.

Back home for some blogging and working, and then I headed in to town for a massage! Yeah baby! ... I had been excited about getting a massage here in France. With their reputation for indulging in sensual things, I figured massage would be part of their culture, but from what Sandrine tells me, its really only something that tourists do. But, I had my heart set on it anyhow, and I went. A 45 minute massage runs me 60 euros. Its an ok massage. Its interesting. So far I've had a massage in China (fully clothed, with bright lights on, and therapist constantly held a towel between their hands and my clothed body ... very weird), and now here in France. This experience was similar to the States. Disrobed to my undies, and a nice, relaxing massage with calming music. Overall though, I can only rate it a 7 out of 10 as the therapist had to answer the door several times during the massage as she was the only person working. The ringing doorbell sort of disrupts the dreamy peaceful experience.

I head in to town and grab some fresh camembert cheese for the evening and come home to eat with the fam, watch some Olympics and Russian war highlights, and just chill. Feels really good.

Ah, one other event that occurred today. A friend of Franc and Sandrine's whom we had previously not heard from called us today ... his name is Francious. He invited us to come to his house for some tea or coffee, but after some back and forth and comparing of notes, it turns out his family is traveling to Brittany at the same time we are ... and they invited us to stay with them for a night. Very cool! It worked out perfectly because I had already decided to cancel our 2 night hotel stay in Dinan for the upcoming weekend due to the weather. Now, we will get to see and experience the same area, for a shorter time (which is good b/c of the rain) ... but we will get a much more personal experience. We are really looking forward to it.

And an idea for the next couple days. Perhaps we will introduce some locals to the fine art of the "Lazy Day Sandwich". ... A Styrsky favorite food. We will see. Most everybody we've met so far has left on vacation away from the area. ... Maybe we can see if Mr. Bean and his family are up for another get together.

I must leave France soon before I gain 50 pounds. I'm eating like 2 big ol' almond croissants every day, rillettes till I puke, wine and cheese and bread every day, ... and the financier, the new love of my life. Oh my financier. How do I love your ways?
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