This has to be one of the most incredible trips I have ever had.
Recently I was lucky enough to tag along with Jason and Greg, and visited the wonderful town of Annecy, France.
Greg’s family graciously offered me a place to stay at the family’s country side house. At first I thought I would go there, rent a car and run around filming the country side. That was the plan. Then they kind of changed. When I arrived at the Thinet and Parisot households, it was instant hugs and kisses from everyone. Then came an abundance of tantalizing food and yes, alcohol. The family took me in as one of their own, making me feel at home.
Again I will stress on the amount of food that there was. Many different varieties of cheeses and did I mention the alcohol. Every day was a food fest and a different experience of local traditions. The great smells of homemade gratin made by Greg’s mom Claire and the awesome flans made by his sister Sandrine. On one of the days we travelled to Voiron, Laurent’s (Sandrine’s husband) mom cooked us a homemade meal that took it to another level. Filled with an abundance of cantaloupe gazpacho, pork stew, and a variety of fresh french cheeses, I became stuffed to a point of incredible joy and physical immobility . More importantly I felt like a local, experiencing the day to day life of these two families.
My filming experiencing was equally fullfilling. Any place the family took me there was scenery or interesting elements to film. It was a visual overload. As you can see, even the first couple of shots in the shorts were merely shot outside of the family’s house. What a treat to wake up to every morning.Traveling to Greg’s grandmothers house, to his aunts house was one piece of eye candy after another. It was so stunning at times, life stopped, I stood there, absorbed the environment, took a deep breath of fresh air, and loved life. On the second last day we went up one of the mountains to have a picnic. When we got up there the scenery was awe inspiring. I could see Mount Blanc in front of me and the splendour of the town below.
This had to be one of the most incredible trips I have ever had. The experience has changed a little something in me. Many thanks go out to the Thinet, Parisot families and their friends. Thank you for making me part of your family and feeding me like a pig. Much love!