The picture above is an aerial shot that was taken at some point early on — maybe in the 1970s. In 2004 or '05, Josette invited us for lunch at her apartment in Saint-Aignan, and she had the framed photo on the wall in her den. A few months later, she offered it to us as a gift. I thought it was a nice gesture.
Here are another couple of before and after photos. The weather was obviously different, and the light, but the angle of the photos, taken from a back window in our house, is about the same.
Today I have to go into town to consult with a French Social Security counselor about my small French retirement pension, which I'll be ready to take soon. I turn 65 in March. I didn't even know I qualified for a French pension until we moved here and I got a letter informing me of the benefits. I worked as a teacher in Paris, Rouen, and Metz back in the 1970s and early 1980s but had no idea I was paying into the retirement system.