Today I got to deal with French bureaucracy. There's always a certain 'dread' factor involved in this. You know what a 'dread' factor is...like going to the dentist has a dread factor of 10, while sitting through your child's parent-teacher conference is about a 2. Luckily, I've become more accustomed to working with the bureaucracy here, so what used to rate a 10 is now down to a 'dreading to parallel park' factor of around 4 or 5. Today I began the process of renewing my long-term stay visa which meant a trip to Cahors and the department Prefecture. Armed with copies of every piece of paperwork I even remotely thought they might require, I managed to negotiate not only finding a place to park, paying the fee, finding the Prefecture and asking for the correct office, I also managed to speak relatively okay French to the very nice lady who helped me. Of course, there's more to do...sigh! I knew it wouldn't be one-stop shopping.
But here is my reward! The sunflower fields along the Lot are in full bloom. They cheered me on the way to Cahors and were my reward for doing the dreaded deed on my way home. Couldn't resist stopping and taking a couple of photos. Let's hope their sunny faces also shine on my renewal papers!