October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

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Would you like to read about our first trip in a motorhome from Lyon to Riom in France to visit my dad in a retirement home because you might like it?

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

Our trip in Europe consisted in going to France and Switzerland, and it is what I am going to write about in my next travel posts.

You may want to read these previous posts here: Planning October Trip in Europe!, October Trip in Europe Itinerary!, A Day in Lyon, France - October 2018 & Renting a Motorhome with WikiCampers - Review

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

My dad has been living in a small village near Riom since he retired more than 25 years ago. At the beginning of the year he had some health issues and being 88 years old, he couldn't stay by himself in his house.

So, after a long stay at the hospital he was moved to a retirement home that you will see later in this post.

This is the trip from "Chaponost" near Lyon, to Riom, which is about 170 kilometers.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

This is Riom below.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

More information about this French town from www.google.com/destination.

Riom (France)

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Riom is a commune town in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

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Visiting Dad in Riom!

If you read my last post, you know that we had lunch the previous day at my aunt's home and that we slept in the parking lot. This is now the morning and my aunt is going with us for a week.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

We left at about 9:00 a.m. after breakfast, and that trip was good practice for driving the motorhome.

That's me here, feeling like a "happy camper!"

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

My wife is monitoring Google Map, so we don't get lost.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

It looked like this was going to be a nice day...

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

... and then, the fog.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

This was a mountainous area and hopefully after that, the weather got better.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

Going through a small village.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

Along the way we stopped for a break and being in a motorhome is nice.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

This is now Riom, our destination, parked just in front the retirement home.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

This is the building where there are about a hundred people aged from 70 to 100 years old living there.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

That was my first visit to my dad in this retirement home and I didn't know what to expect, but the first impression was good seeing the building with a nice green area in front of it.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

My dad has his own room at the end of this corridor, on an upper floor.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

Here you can see my dad on his bed, in a room which is not too big, but not too small either, with a large bathroom and small balcony.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

He looked happy to be there as there are people to take care of him, so that's what is important. He just has to go downstairs for lunch and dinner, and breakfast is brought to the room.

This is the cafeteria where they have activities every afternoon and on that day someone came with animals for them to enjoy. A clear example in these photos that women live longer than men.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

My daughter enjoyed the animals too.

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

October Trip in France - Visiting Dad in Riom!

After this first day in the retirement home and seeing that they all seemed quite happy, I was less worried to have my dad living there.

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It's always reassuring when you can feel that the people are happy where they are at, sometimes if a place isn't a good place they fear speaking out so it makes a huge difference observing that they all seem content.

I have a friend who lives in a retirement village. It consist of multiple buildings that have apartments. When you walk into each there is a large lobby set up with various tables for them to come out and play games or do puzzles together along with living room type area's where they can sit comfortably and socialize. Most, as you have mentioned above, are women, it's pretty rare to see a guy among the lot of them when I go visit her.

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