You know I'm in for focusing on France in July, or any other month, although I may get distracted by things like my kids or sports or teaching.
I thought I'd start with a photo I love from our friends' apartment in Nantes.
Our friends live on the top floor, which allows for gorgeous views of the cathedral on one side and the castle on the other. And guess what? Their building does not have an elevator. They walk this circular flight to the top floor (5 floors, I think) everyday, several times a day. They don't complain. It is probably what keeps them so healthy.
When Earl and I watch House Hunters International, we always scoff at the American couples who refuse to buy a place without an elevator.
I don't want you to feel like you walked up this winding staircase for no reason, so here's a shot of the sunset out one of the windows.
P.S. I have electricity back, but still no Internet service.