This was a very special trip for me. I had a special christening ceremony to attend on Sunday morning in Boursiquot, an area far down in the valley below our house in Ridoré—I was asked to be the godmother of Lilly, the daughter of Marie Carmel and Jeannot, a young couple we have known for a very long time. I photographed their wedding, the birth of their son and now I have the honor of being godmother to their baby daughter.
I have to admit the hike down and back was so treacherous that I couldn’t even make a photograph. But I invited Nick Pechon a photographer, along to cover the ceremony and he lagged behind to make these images of our hike down.
The people who live in this part of the valley hike this path daily, sometimes several times in a day carrying water and food. And it was embarrassing when the grandmother walked by barefoot carrying a chair on her head! While we stumbled and fell all over ourselves—we laugh about it now but it was not funny when we were sweating and falling down.
I can honestly say without hesitating there is never a dull moment in LaVallée.