HoujarrayA work-related meeting has brought me to Houjarray, to the house of Jean Monnet, which has been transformed into a museum. The work-related meetings took place in a modern annex behind the house, but the museum was open throughout our stay and I found the time to sneak in and wander around on my own. It was a touching experience. Jack Kennedy was among a steady stream of visitors who came to this house and dined at the dinner table that is still there, just as it always was. Monnet’s favourite books are by his bed, and quantities of his famous pink notebooks are dotted about. The museum director recounted that Monnet would always try out draft documents on his chauffeur. If the chauffeur couldn’t understand, he would send the drafts back to their authors, having scrawled across the front page ‘too intelligent!’