La Bastide Bleue
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After getting use to the sound of hoot owls in the night we slept in until 8:00am this morning. We awoke to a low cloud level and cool temperatures but the promise of a sunny day lay ahead. After a pot of coffee (loved that after a month of espressos) and a light breakfast, we took a walk through the village of Noves.
Noves is is a very small village with only a few hundred inhabitants. At one time there were ramparts around the town but only a few remain along with a few ...
Monaco was cloudy and grey this morning when we woke. It is November after all. We checked out of the Port Palace Hotel about 10:00 and departed for Provence. The drive was about three hours and 25€ in tolls. While all part of the travel experience, the cost is a bit aggravating for those of us who are use to "freeways".
We arrived at our "gite" or rental unit in the tiny village ...
... old, stone buildings surrounding it on all sides and a rose bush growing up one of the buildings. Water was highly regulated back then and the fountain could not be used for laundry or washing vegetables – it was strictly drinking water. There were also two basins at the rear of the fountain which were drinking water for animals. We wandered through the town and along the way, we stepped into an art gallery and a santon ...
... what a lot of 'hangers on'! I wonder if anything has changed? We were blown away by the "shopping list" for a feast that was put on there when one of the King Louis' was coming to dinner... 95,000 baguettes, 39,000 eggs, 1000's of sheep and cows and tens of thousands of chooks and the list went on...and the figures were beyond extravagant! There's virtually no furniture left in the palace but there are still some remnants of the beautiful wall decorations and the patterns ...
... and images; from energetic grape-pickers enthusiastically waving their buckets for a photo op, to the pervasive scent of the harvest in the air and the wonderful sight of trayloads of chubby grapes being sloughed off into the crusher.
Janine revived her culinary skills with great produce from a couple of cracking markets in the area; St Cécile-les-Vignes (where we found ...