German Influence In Alsace
Every visit to France is guaranteed a drive to the northeast to visit Boris’ grandparents. Once a busy region, Lorraine had many job opportunities in mining and manufacturing. Today, things are much quieter and the unemployment rate is high and increasing. The traces of the fortunate past are revealed in the old lavish homes that are still standing.
Château de Marbeaumont in Bar-Le-Duc
The drive through farmlands to the tiny village of Abainville is very peaceful and scenic. After a knock on Boris’ Papi’s door (grandfather on Dad’s side), we are first greeted by a very happy black dog. Following is the dog’s master, an even more cheerful man that has a little resemblance to Santa Claus, but without the beard. At first sight, Boris is waiting and hoping for an acknowledgement that his grandfather still remembers him. Soon enough, he receives a big old hug from his Papi. I am always in awe when we visit him. At his old age, he stills lives by himself (with his dog), does normal every day things, and still knows how to tell an elaborate story (we never know if it is true or not).
Along with Boris’ Papi, we drive over to Boris’ aunt’s home that is 15 km away. They have the cutest giant rabbit in their garden. It is amusing to watch the bunny eat the vegetables out of their lovely garden and Boris’ uncle trying to stop it. One of my first meals here was surprise meat. While eating it, I didn’t realize it was horse meat until after. It was not bad.
Dad's side: Aunt, Grandfather, Boris, Cousin, Uncle
Our next visit is to Boris’ Mamie’s (grandmother on Mother’s side) who lives about 60 km away in Loisey-Culey. She lives there with her boyfriend. When I heard about their story, I was in love once again: At the age of 16, Boris’ grandmother was madly in love with her boyfriend. Soon enough, her family had to move so they departed. They wrote letters to each other until sometime after he went to war. Years later, they were out of touch, married different people, and had their own families. Several years after Boris’ grandfather had past away, Boris’ Mamie received a letter from her old boyfriend. They met and it turned out that his wife had also past away several years before. They fell in love again and have been together for 8 years.
Me & Frenchie With The Lovebirds
Boris' Grandmother With Her New Grandchild
Boris With Mom's Side Of The Family
After many kisses from Boris’ Mamie, it was time to say goodbye and head east to Alsace. The strong German influence was apparent in the style of homes. At the door to greet us is Boris’ aunt, which he has not seen for at least 7 years. Hiding behind her are her two grand daughters who are on school break. They were both so shy in the beginning but after lunch, they became young active children, but still so precious. Boris’ aunt is another talented cook. And best of all, she loves cheese.
MuiMui With Boris' Cousins' Kids
Traditional House In Alsace
This trip overall was wonderful as I got to meet many more of Boris’ family. No matter who it is, I am always surprised by the amount of love they automatically show me. There is never too many kisses and hugs in this family.
Inside Strasbourg Church
City Of Strasbourg
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