We were invited to attend a family Christmas dinner in a village about half an hour outside of Paris today. Our friends, Nicolas and Maeliss and Maeliss' parents provided a truly unique experience for us by asking us to join their extended family for their Joyeux Noel celebration.
The children were fed early, and a beautiful white Golden Retriever wandered among us as we enjoyed the champagne and appetizers upstairs before going down into the family dining room for the main meal. This was originally used to milk the cows and has walls that are nearly three feet thick; a cave shaped rounded ceiling stone room that is very reminiscent of the underground buildings in Paris. The rings used to tethered the cows are still on the wall.
Soon it was time to head for the train station. We sat with cousins for the ride back into the city before we split and each went our own way when we reached the Metro Lines. We arrived back in our apartment shortly before the rain started. A good reason to enjoy the remainder of the evening at home. Hope you enjoy the little slideshow: