Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Last Days of The LPV

My last days in The LPV whooshed by. I was busy; suitcases needed to be packed, bits and pieces had to be sold, given away and moved out, and goodbyes needed to be said. I was sad, but after six months of preparations, ready to go.

Because my move date was closing in, and I was a spinning top barely able to catch my breath, I made a point of snapping a photo or two every time I was out and about in the village. I was too busy to truly appreciate it all at the time so it was important that I captured it to savor later. Well it's later.

I have no idea what the story behind the unicorn that has tagged Le Petit Village is all about. I'm pretty sure our local tattoo artist painted it, but as for the significance behind it, I've got nothing. I dig it though and like to think a unicorn was chosen because that's The LPV's symbol. I honestly couldn't think of a better one. 

I'm actually going to miss walking into my yellow post office. Post offices should be painted cheery colors, it's a bit deceptive to be sure, but cheery nonetheless. Every time I accomplished something at La Poste (which doubled as our bank), I felt like I had slayed a mythical beast. It tried to better me on more than one occasion, but I remained victorious. Suck it La Poste, I own you. 

And of course I'm going to miss the creepy tree house behind my house. It became my favorite thing to show visitors... it's a medieval building that has been eaten by a tree for heaven's sake! How does that even happen?!

But what I'll miss the most in The LPV, is coming home to this door with Gregory and Fifty. There'll be other doors of course, other homes, more memories, but I doubt any will hold a handle to the quaintness of this one. It's too darn cute. 



There was one last thing that I knew I had to capture, the bells. The church bell at the top of my garden that clanged hourly, driving Fifty batty and ensuring that no one in our house ever slept past 7AM. Now I find myself straining to hear them toll. Clocks strike another hour and are met with nothing, no sound. It's downright un-Petit Village like. 

Bisous!

28 comments:

  1. Great photos! I would love to live in a cute old place like that, I think the oldest I've had is 19th century.

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  2. I'm pretty sure you lived in a fairytale village. Are you sure it was real? It's really (really, really, really) adorable.

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  3. Gosh, what a beautiful place! I would be missing it, too. Jeez, after living there for so long, I have a feeling Gregory is going to be a bit overwhelmed by America. :)

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  4. Bwahaha! I long for the day I, too, can say, "Suck it la Poste. I own you". What a darling village. What great memories you've made so far.

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  5. I love this post. What a great way to make yourself feel better (or worse) when you're missing your former home. I wish I would have done this when I left San Diego... I'm sure to do it now when I leave Kentucky. : )

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  6. Love that you captured the church bells! It must be so bittersweet. How lucky are you to have lived in such an idyllic little village. Your photography is awesome. I'm selfishly happy because you are coming my way!!! xo

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  7. The LPV is exactly what a French village should look like, and that door! Oooh lala. :) So glad that you're sharing your memories with us, and so happy that you're taking them with you.

    PS~ French post sounds like Deutsch post... run away!

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  8. I have a thing for old doors and this one is great. Plus I just love that tree house. Thanks for sharing those great pictures!

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  9. Love the bells! And a unicorn is a pretty sweet city "mascot" or symbol... or whatever you want to call it!!

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  10. What a beautiful place to live, looks like it is out of a fairy tale!

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  11. wow these photos are all gorgeous. and that tree is so creepy and totally amazing!

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  12. I can totally see why you would miss that door (along with hubs and puppy!) - it's gorgeous. LPV looks like such a stunning place (but I'm glad to have you here!) <3

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  13. I was with you right up to the Hunchback of Notre Dame bit at the end 'The bells, the bells...'

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  14. I agree - post offices should definitely always be cheery colors.

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  15. These photos are gorgeous! Looking forward to following along with you! Xo

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  16. What a beautiful post, photos and bell! It must have been so hard to leave. I wish you many happy doors!

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  17. Love these photos and such a lovely post. Makes me sad you're leaving too!

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  18. What a beautiful town! Love all the pictures. Actually it makes me want to visit France now :) That post office looks awesome and the tree house is simply amazing.
    I hope you're having a wonderful week! :)

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  19. What gorgeous photos to help you remember your time there! Everyone should have a chance to come home to that kind of front door, lucky you! So far all of mine have just looked like regular doors . . .

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  20. Le Petit Village looks so French and beautiful ;) Thanks for sharing the pictures and I feel like I should congratulate you on getting things done at the post office... I understand completely what you had to through!

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  21. oh wow, amazing photos! Adding this place to my travel list!

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  22. So poignant - and I'm sure looking at them will become ever more so as time goes by. Thanks for all the wonderful insights into Le Petit Village. I'm going to miss them, but wish you all the best on your home ground.

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  23. What amazing photos! I hope you fill your new home with lots of beautiful images of your wonderful French town. I'm sure it's nice to be home in the US, but you must miss such a lovely place like crazy! Hopefully you'll be able to visit often!

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  24. We never seethe LPV! What a treat! That tree house is madness, i'd definitely be showing that to everyone too.

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  25. You'll always carry this petit-village with you, like you have with the others, no matter where you go. I hope your move back to the U.S. has been smooth-- welcome 'home'!

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  26. Great pictures and such great memories to be taking with you.

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  27. Beautiful little town and I just LOVE what was your front door!!

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