Boulogane, France — I’m standing on the banks of the Rhône River in the town of Boulangerie in the foothills of the Alps, just a few hundred yards from the riverbank, where a small group of elderly people sit in the shade of a giant oak tree.
A woman is singing a sass song, which sounds like it could be an actual sassy-song.
She’s singing in French, the language of the elderly, as if she’s trying to say, “You’re beautiful,” and then her voice starts to change, and she starts to sing a French accent.
She sings something that sounds very, very French.
Then, as I’m watching her, I’m wondering if she is being sarcastic, or if she might be actually making fun of me, which is something I’m not sure I’m doing.
It’s a good example of the sort of thing that can happen when you are trying to understand a person and the culture of the place you’re in, especially in France.
I’m also wondering if this is a cultural thing or a cultural misunderstanding, because I’ve heard people describe this woman as a woman of the past.
Is this a good way to understand her?
The woman, who I’ll call Léopold, is 78 years old.
She is a retired artist who has lived in Boulangeie for 40 years, and the town’s only resident since 1954.
She grew up in Bignon, and has lived and worked in France for a quarter-century.
I meet her in the morning at the train station, where she spends most of her time in her garden, and in the afternoon at the school where she teaches.
She speaks French with a great French accent and has a beautiful smile.
I ask her why she came to Boulangie.
She tells me she came here in 1956, in a hurry to get away from her husband who had died in Bordeaux.
I asked if she ever went to Paris.
She told me no.
“Boulangeries is a very strange place,” she said.
“But I’ve been here a long time.”
She says she has never been to France.
Boulangers is a small town.
The population of Bouls, in France’s south, is around 500 people, according to a census conducted by the Boulanges Municipality in 2016.
Bouls is one of a handful of towns in the region that is very old, and its residents are well known in France as the original “Old Boulagerie.”
“Bouls is a place where everything is in place,” Léodie, a local woman, told me.
“You can be at home anywhere.”
Boulougie, the town, has a population of around 1,000 people.
The town was founded by Boulaget, the wife of the Bishops of Bishops, in the 12th century, when the Church of Saint Boulaga was founded in the nearby town of Chateau d’Orient.
The village is named for the famous old church, built by the Benedictines, and one of the last churches in France to be built by an Englishman.
The Benedictine abbey was founded and built in the 15th century.
The original church is one-and-a-half miles from the town.
Bougouie is located in the hills around Boulongie, about 200 miles northwest of Paris, and there are several historic villages there, including Boulonge, which has a large population of farmers.
Bous, also called Boulan, is about 50 miles south of Bougières.
This village was founded at the end of the 16th century and is home to around a thousand families, including a very famous family.
The name of this village came from the old French word for “woman,” Bous-Boulan.
It is a traditional French place of pilgrimage, and a pilgrimage to Bous is not limited to those who live in Bouls.
It also includes people who have come from far and wide.
“It’s a great place to visit, but it’s also a great reason to live,” said Fanny, an old resident of Bous.
“People come here for the good old days, but also because of the people who are here.
They bring their families, their friends, their children.”
It is in Bous that Léo, an elderly man, came to live with his family after he died in his 70s.
His wife, Fanny and her children all live in the same small house, but they’re very close.
They have an indoor garden and a small outdoor yard.
Léoan has lived with his wife and his four children in Boungouie since he was a teenager.
He says that when he first arrived in B