La couleur La Ciotat

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Ships, boats and dingies

Flag of France  , Provence,
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well... as with the best of all travelling experiences, we have stopped to smell the roses (and the cheese and the lavender). Consequently, we've not updated the blog for a bit... so here's your lot.
Leaving Paris was like stepping off a cloud, sad but at the same time, it was good to get back to reality. 
Before we left, the wonderfully organised David sorted out a car for us. There is a great scheme in which you essentially buy a car in France and as long as you are staying for more than 17 days, it is the most cost effective way of driving around the country. You get a brand new car and all the mod cons.
This time its a Citroen Picasso and while we had wanted a smallish car, the pictures on the internet did not do this big boy justice... so we have a beast of a vehicle, which often takes up an entire car space (from line to line). Notwithstanding this, it has a great diesel engine, which got us from Paris almost to the equivalent distance of Spain in one tank. It is also very easy to travel in, a bit like driving in a massive jason recliner rocker.
We did our trip down south as on overnighter, staying in a little country town, Bourg Les Valance. What was delightful for me on this overnighter, was having my first meaningful conversation: completely in french. We went to a little pizza place for dinner and the charming hostess engaged us in discussions, initially about simple things, but we quickly got into the guts of things: the economy, the effect of the global financial situation on individuals in France (particularly those in smaller towns) and an honest psychological impact statement of how big issues affect real people. Great discussion and I give thanks to the French commitment to fraternity for this opportunity to explore a small part of the french psyche.
Next day and onto La Ciotat.
The fame for this little working harbour is many, but there are 3 major claims 1. the game of petanque was created here 2. the first ever projected movie was shown here by the Lumiere Brothers in 1895, 3. (and most important in my mind) is that the Lumiere Brothers developed the first colour photographs here in La Ciotat. 
It is lovely for David, who after all is such a beautiful photographer, to come home (in a spiritual sense).
His photos on this blog will show you his ability to capture the true essence of La Ciotat - its colours.
lots of love as always from us
Gail and David
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