Cute Cottage in Caunes
Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
30Trip End Aug 11, 2011
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As I think about the last 3 weeks I am struck by a number of things that might be worth sharing with those of you still reading the blogs. Firstly, the buildings, the churches and the houses that we have visited and stayed in, their beauty is complete and they have lasted the test of time. I try and reflect on today’s architecture and think what are we building today that will take people’s breath away in a 100 or a 1000 year’s time? I think about what we now have at our disposal and the education and sophistication that we have and wonder, has there really been progress or just expedient decision making and a focus on value for the present? Secondly, I am constantly reminded that we all lead quite frantic lives and the people in rural Europe don’t seem so concerned about opening on time (which is usually not before 10am), getting everything done quickly (although the motorway might be the exception) or worried about having another coffee or wine. Cooking is simple, two or three good ingredients are sufficient and eating anytime is fine
Finally, my last thought for today, I think we have become governed by rules and concerned so much with litigation that we have forgotten to live. A couple of days ago I saw guys renovating the roof of a synagogue, no bracing, no structure, all smoking, chatting and sending down a bucket for the guy below to file with mortar. Trying to imagine our construction trainers, auditors or WH&S people not gasping at the thought! Dogs go everywhere with their owners – no rules, it appears. I haven’t seen any more "dog deposits" here than in Oz. People smoke in restaurants and most other places. Cobble stone roads and paths are not replaced for something less likely to cause a claim for a twisted ankle. I am not saying all these things are good but the level of stress and agitation is just not there, people are “matter fact” about things. Must look up the level of heart disease in Europe when I get back! Perhaps, rural Europe every year would mean I could go off the blood pressure meds. Anyway, in the interests of consuming some other anti-stress medication (red wine) I am off for a medieval shower and then to dinner at d’Alibert. Federic the owner of the restaurant is apparently eccentric and everyone loves him. His restaurant is well known and the visitor’s book would suggest he serves great food, however, not before 8pm (no good for you Mum).
Cheers all and thanks for the emails. Happy birthday Shayne and Jack Marlow. Love D-M xx