Steph and Robin met on the Country Roads of Southern France tour. What started as a simple chance encounter blossomed into a lifelong friendship.
Steph tells us: “[Robyn] was just fun and adventurous. Outgoing and always laughing. We hit it off immediately. My favorite day with her was finding the flower market in Nice. She had been there before, but we really had no clue where we were headed – or if it was open. But, that did not stop us for a moment. Ultimately, we were successful and bought soaps, oils, and lavender. We walked back to our hotel in Nice along the beautiful Promenade – our treasures in tow. While not part of the itinerary, this is one of my best memories.
Sadly, she had a tragic accident while on the trip. She tripped over a curb and broke her leg. She could not complete the journey and was airlifted out of France.
Throughout the rest of the trip, I sent her postcards from each stop and had our fellow tourists sign them, hoping to lift her spirits. Since then, we have maintained a friendship. We always share holiday and birthday greetings. There was even a sympathy card when my dog died.
This winter, my mother died from Covid. Robin called and texted her support daily. During one conversation, she asked me to describe my mother in 5 words – her likes, interests, favorite color, heritage, etc.
A week later, I received the most unique present. She commissioned a quilt to celebrate my mom. When I opened the package, it told the story of my mother at first sight. I burst into tears – happy tears to have such a caring friend. I showed it to my daughter, and her quote was, ‘that’s my Nana.’
My life is much fuller because of meeting Robin in the South of France.”