Martin was traveling from California—it was his first visit to France, he was in mid-life crisis and bought the house on impulse in 1992. The house was a ruin, but every year he would return and work on the house. Martin moved to France in 2004 and met Monique who was visiting her sister in the village. Monique lives at the top tip of France near the Belgian border. Martin and Monique move north every winter to Monique's to stay in touch with her friends and family, and visit California every year. Martin likes to go on hikes with guests, or he will give you directions if you ask!