Uncle Claude was a successful business man who exported exotic foods, delicacies, spices, and teas to France. He traveled the world sourcing the finest ingredients first for restaurants and the upper class. He later developed a market for the middle class, which he predicted would be very rewarding. He met interesting people on his travels and accumulated stories of his adventures. During one of these travels, he met the love of his life. She did not speak a word of French or English and yet they managed to understand each other. Their love produced a baby. Unfortunately, neither survived the birth. Uncle Claude was devastated. He was looking forward to settling down into a life of domesticity. He never found love again. Uncle Claude continued to traverse the globe for another 25 years before he returned to France and lived the rest of his days with a lover – 15 years his junior, Aunt Jean concluded.