I've been in the American South for almost a week now. It has been very busy, and since I didn't have a computer with me, it's just been to hard to process photos and write text for my blog. My friends in Alabama have a high-speed Internet connection, but they use Macintosh computers. I struggled some with the Mac interface, being a Windows user, and I finally decided I just didn't have time to work on photos and write blog topics.
We ran around a lot and had a great time. My friend Marie from Normandy and I were just slightly jet-lagged. On Monday Marie and I went along on Meals on Wheels rounds with our friends Evelyn and Charlotte. Marie went into the recipients' houses with Charlotte, and the first meal they delivered went to a 90-year-old widower who can no longer cook for himself. He had been in France during the war, and he was thrilled to meet a Frenchwoman. He kissed her on both cheeks and reminisced about his wartime experiences, she told me.
Monday afternoon we visited a violin "factory" in Anniston, Alabama. Maybe I'll be able to post about that visit later, with pictures. Then Monday night Evelyn and Lewis served us an American Thanksgiving dinner -- nearly a month early, but because they wanted Marie to have that experience. Everything was delicious.
On Tuesday we went to Birmingham and visited the civil rights museum and memorial park. More about that later, but they didn't allow photos inside the museum. Tuesday night, we went out for dinner in a typical Southern barbecue restaurant.
On Wednesday we drove to Atlanta and went to the Carter Center, which includes a museum dedicated to Jimmy Carter's presidency and Mr. Carter's presidential library. We ate lunch at The Varsity restaurant, which is one of the oldest fast-food restaurants in the U.S., again for the experience. Marie had her first glass of "sweet tea" -- that's the sweetened iced tea that people in the South often drink with their meals.
At that point, my friends drove me to the Atlanta airport for my flight to North Carolina. Yesterday, I spent the day with an old high-school friend I hadn't seen in about 15 years. Today, I'm resting and trying to post this blog topic. To be continued...