CEDAR — Cyprien Gilbert has fallen in love with country living.
The 15-year-old resident of Paris particularly enjoys riding horses and playing with Bear, a chocolate Labrador retriever, while living with Laura and Bruce Hood's family on Telford farm.
Laura and Bruce, teachers at the Leelanau School, met Gilbert when he visited northern Michigan with a family friend four years ago.
"Cyprien and our son Ian really just hit it off and kept in touch after he returned home," Laura Hood said.
Gilbert invited Ian to visit his family at their Parisian home two years ago.
"It's very different. All of the bakeries, the little markets, we could just walk down the street and get a baguette for breakfast," said Ian, 17.
Gilbert says he didn't mind giving up the conveniences of city living for the chance to return to northern Michigan. Since arriving last month, he has eagerly jumped feet first into farm living.
The Hood's gladly welcomed Gilbert to their home near Cedar, part of an "intentional community" on 80 acres with shared barn, pasture, vineyard and garden. "Every day we must go feed the horses and the cows and I love it," said Gilbert, who is attending ninth grade at Glen Lake School during this three-month visit.
Though downtown Cedar is nothing like the streets of Paris, Gilbert says he feels completely at home in his new surroundings.
"In Paris, all of the houses are one house after another house without many trees. Here is so much more open, beautiful," he said.
"I prefer it here and I think I would always like to live in the country."
When asked what he will miss most when he returns home — "everything, just everything."
CEDAR — Cyprien Gilbert has fallen in love with country living.
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