05 July 2015

Basking in Provence, France

European Heat Wave!

Nothing is air-conditioned, and it's HOT. 

The woman in the tourist office had 2 fans. 
Her bare feet were in a bucket of cold water.

Everyone complains about the heat. 


Train to Provence. 
We managed to get a "Senior Plus" discount card - and ride First Class - for 60% discount! Lovely!

The Mediterranean is just below us. 
2 hours south. 
Italy - just east. 
Languedoc, just west.  

I picked grapes in Languedoc in 1975. 
Last year, we went back and visited the village where I worked. 
Not all that much had changed.

* The official name is "Provence - Alpes - Côtes d'Azur"
Found a tiny stone house in a garden in Provence to rent - with a welcome pool! 
In Carpentras, near Mont Ventoux, where they grow some excellent wines. 

We buy salad makings, and wine, and prepare to spend time IN the water.  
The small supermarket has an incredible selection of Provence rosé wines - an entire wall.


The villages are lovely, pink stone, flowers, vineyards and olive orchards, mineral baths and wineries.

All look very similar - stone churches, steep vine-covered hillsides, filled with walls and flowers and visitors. 
A bit like the Tuscan hill towns, but - Provence style. 
Huge fields of yellow sunflowers. 

No wonder Van Gogh painted them. 
But mostly - we stay submerged in the pool.

Our tiny house in Carpentras, Provence.


In the pool. With the essentials. 

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