The Château Diaries

Artist and author Lilianne Milgrom shares her experience at an enchanting creative residency challenged by a coronavirus outbreak in Haute-Marne

Imagine this: You’ve been waiting a year and a half for the coronavirus to loosen its grip on the globe just long enough so you can take up a much-coveted writer’s residency in a magical château in the French countryside. Despite your needle phobia you get yourself vaccinated, because you’ve got to do everything to try to beat this thing, right? Then you waited with bated breath for President Macron to open France’s borders and let the croissant-hungry American tourists back in. You book your flight, get your nose scraped out for the Covid test, arm yourself with masks and wipes and off you go! Maybe there is a normal at the end of this nightmare after all.

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