The Joy of Vacations (Especially when they are in France!)


Vacations are great, but they don’t always leave time to do other important things like keep up with a blog such as A post yesterday from a visitor to the site made me feel a little guilty for having neglected the site for a while, but only a little! Nevertheless, here is an explanation of what has been happening.

For our vacation this year, my wife and I have come to France where she is from. We landed in Paris, spent the night there, then drove to her home town in Bordeaux. After a short stay there, we went on to Corsica, where we had six wonderful days. We spent last night on the ferry back to Marseille and then stopped in Toulouse during our drive today back to Bordeaux.

Of course there is not a whole of connection between a vacation in France and Mitt Romney except for (1) the fact that this is where I got to know Mitt 45 years ago and (2)  Mitt has said that he and Ann also love to vacation here. Mitt, seven others, and I left for France from Salt Lake on the 4th of July, 46 years ago today! We ran into each other a few times during the ensuing months, but I got to know him fairly well in Bordeaux where we served at the same time in 1968.

While here, I have taken some time to engage in a little Mitt-related activity, which I will say more about later. For the moment, however,I thought I would post a couple of pictures to prove that I am not just goofing off! Unless of course vacations are considered to be goofing off!

Paris, the “City of Light” and Corsica, the “Mountain in the Sea

I fell in love with Paris 45 years ago and always enjoy coming back. After the past six days, my wife and I have now both fallen in love with Corsica as well.

Paris is Paris, of course, and thus is well known. Corsica is less so, so anyone wanting to learn more about this beautiful Mediterranean island (some say the most beautiful of all) can go here.

More comments for will follow at some point soon. Now, back  to the vacation! Click on the pictures for higher resolution images.


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About Mike

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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