Chateau de LA Corbillčre
Bucy St. Liphard, France
In 1965 we moved to France. My father was to work in Orleans and found a house that would accommodate a large family. We attended American schools in Orleans.
This picture here is NOT what the house we lived in looked like. This is what the original house looked like before WWII. The house suffered damages from the war and when it was rebuilt it had a flat roof instead of peaked as it shows in the picture. But it was huge. It had 8 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 or 3 full baths and 4 ’water closets’ (That was new to us!). It was out in the country so we could run and play and roam around the countryside. The house did have one unusual feature; it had a ‘cellar’ that supposedly had tunnels that led out into the fields, where we heard the family escaped during the war. You could actually see where a corridor may have been and it had been covered by a concrete wall. To us kids, it was like a scary dungeon, all dark and creepy.
Sometime during this time my mother found out she had cancer, had a drastic surgery, which was all they could do during that time. She was around 30 years old. (To be continued)
In 1967 President Charles de Gaulle ordered all Americans out of the country. Yes, we were ‘deported’ in a sense. There were definite problems there, but us kids were unaware of it. However, I do recall on several occasions having a ‘bomb scare’ at school, and being evacuated out of the buildings and sent home. Even then, we didn’t perceive the danger of what was going on. So… my father was transferred to Worms Germany (yes, very weird name!)