Ibis Budget Avignon Nord Le Pontet
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... of the Banon AOC style. This little cheese is amazing - a soft goats cheese which only takes 2 hours to manufacture and then about 2 weeks of aging - is wrapped in dried chestnut leaves and is so far the most absolutely outstanding cheese of our trip! Each 7-8cm diameter cheese requires about 1L of goats milk to manufacture, so you can understand that the production is pretty flat out!
With some cheese in our esky and the day still early we decided to get over the ...
... my family. Stories like how my mother would give us knives when we were fighting and say, "here you go, kill each other", and how Tricia thought an Indian man with a red dot on his face looked "just like my daddy". So the topic came up, and I began talking about my sister Tricia. I told them how my entire family had blonde hair, but for whatever reason, Tricia came out a fiery ginger. Growing up she was always a thumb sucker. My parents tried everything ...
... which was unique. Different wines complemented different chocolates, and the experience was to understand the interplay of the different flavors with one another.
Our last stop was perhaps the most fun (although all of them were great!), as we drove to the very top of the town of Chateauneuf du Pape to the Cave du St. Charles, and our master sommelier, Guy, hosted us all for a private tasting of 8 different wines from the region. Guy is very knowledgeable ...
... Du Gard for picnic lunch.
It was very hot and we enjoyed a shaded picnic on a canope along the river below Pont Du Gard on the right bank. The aquaduct was very special as it has 3 levels and carried water in Roman days to cities of Nimes, Orange etc.
... of the beautiful soaps.
Next stop La Baux, glad we weren't driving, so steep and narrow as the village is cut out of a cliff, just spectacular. The town is set up for tourists as every shop had souvenir items. Back to the ship for lunch.
Lunch every day is a smorgasboard arrangement in the dining room or you can have sandwiches in the sky ...