Chateau du Martinet
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... to the village. We strolled the route from our gite (rental) through town, past the church, bakeries, small shops and the mayor's office and a small open air market where we bought some fresh goat cheese. The walk took an hour.
We returned to the rental and got ready for a tour of Avignon. It took about twenty minutes to drive to the train station parking lot where we parked while we toured. We strolled to the North through town to the Palais des Papes. Avignon was the ...
... a hundred years old. Check out the photos on the website of our cottage as we have no photos today. This location would be great for a family gathering, albeit a bit far to go.
After settling our things in the cottage, we headed to a nearby village for an exciting afternoon of ....laundry. Yes, since ...
... bikes. The sun was hot but not too hot, the scenery beautiful – pine forest, vines, and a hilltop view of the countryside with Pernes-les-Fontaines, the starting point, in the background.
The ride had three stars out of five in the guide book for difficulty which I suppose was right. It also had three hearts out of four for pleasure factor, labelled coup de cœur – a phrase ...
... As in the Alps, I think the velo is a sacred object here – and I am probably being sacrilegious referring to it as an object – because the infamously steep, vicious, much-Tour-de-France-visited Mont Ventoux is within riding distance. While serving breakfast this morning, Madame suggested I could go up Mont Ventoux today because it's a nice sunny day. Having forced myself out of bed at 10am before breakfast finished, ...
... 30 by now and I had to make a decision re finding a restaurant for dinner, or buying some cold cuts and cheese and heading back to the hotel to watch re-runs of Ghost Whisperer and Psych dubbed into French.
Strangely enough I chose the latter, only because my ipad battery was almost gone (and a meal without ipad is like a day without sunshine to paraphrase Louis Pasteur). Luckily I was close to a Carrefours.
I bought a little bottle of Henri Bardouin pastis from ...