Mont St Odile, Alsace, France

In Alsace we moved into an old 15th century convent converted into a kind of an artist colony. Artists, journalists, activists, doctors, farmers and wine makers.  I would spend the summers picking fruit with my friends, cherries, “mirabelles” and selling it on the side of the road (2 francs the kilo at the time, so I too can tell you that food prices are indeed rising! :-)). I grew very close to my neighbors there and consider them my very dear family now.