Daily Diaries

Here are Lydia's daily diary entries, in order, from our month-long trip to France.

Week One: The Loire Valley

July 2: Bon Voyage!
July 3: "You are in France!"
July 4: "Deux adults et deux enfants."
July 5: "Whatever this is, I hope it's not gizzards."
July 6: In which Benny saw what he called, "Another chateau."
July 7: I would only hang laundry in France.
July 8: The Inevitable Proust in the Inevitable Garden
July 9: Chateau Overload
July 10: I Drive the Peugeot and See the Tour de France

Week Two: The Alps

July 11: The Search for a Marche
July 12: The Romans of France
July 13: Losing Dan in the Alps is Surprisingly Easy
July 14: That Orange is a Carrot.
July 15: Climbing Mt. Ventoux and a Tour de France Finish
July 16: Climbing Alpe D'Huez and a Tour de France Start
July 17: In Which Traffic in the South of France Destroys our Souls

Week Three: The Pyrenees

July 18: L'Etape du Tour, Col du Tourmalet, and Inappropriate Footwear
July 19: Recovery Day and the Strange Little Gutters of Maubourguet
July 20: Garmin Girl on Col du Aspin and Bad News from Michael Padnos
July 21: Aquensis Spa, La Mongie in Clouds, and the Children Acquire Berets
July 22: Asson and Croc Ball
July 23: Everyone Wants to Go to Carcassone
July 24: Time Trial in Bordeaux and Arrival in Paris

Week Four: Paris

July 25: The Tour de France Finishes in Our Neighborhood
July 26: Some Climb Towers, Some Write Novels
July 27: The Charming Sparrows of Notre Dame
July 28: The Catacombs, the Luxembourg Gardens, and a Change of Plan
July 29: Sacre Coeur, Pere Lachaise, and a Dinner Cruise on the Seine
July 30: Our Last and Highest Day in France