Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about the book “The Secret,” which espouses if you “Ask and believe, you will receive.” Some people regard it as a bunch of hooey. Still, I can’t tell you how often I’ve experienced the gift of this wonderful phenomenon actually working. Call it coincidence; call it the fruit of planning your work and working your plan. Call it whatever you want, but when that happens, it absolutely takes my breath away.
Not in this case anyway, because, while spending a week with five of your friends in the beautiful, early nineteenth century grand Norman Manor House , Le Manoir des Labbes, <http://www.manoirdeslabbes.com/home> in the French countryside between Paris and Rouen, you will be accompanied by Orlando-based award winning author Nancy Robards Thompson, who will be writing YOU into her Next novel. Take a train into Paris for the day, tour the coast to the glamorous resort town of Deauville with its luxury hotels and casinos, visit Honfleur’s charming harbor village and re-trace Monet’s travels through the streets of timbered houses or, of course, spend the day in Giverny, Monet’s picturesque village – a real pilgrimage for art lovers! Seven days and six nights in the Norman Manor Home with six bedrooms (three of them suites), 3½ baths, large living room and dining room, full kitchen and lovely grounds.
So I put it out there and Voila. I’m going to France! But wait it gets even better… About a week later, a friend introduced me to her sister-in-law, because she’s as big a Francophile as I am. During the course of conversation, I mentioned how determined I was to get a better grasp of the language. Come to find out, the woman is a former high school French teacher who has developed a method of teaching French that she was eager to try out.
À la prochaine,