We bid au’revoir to seaside Cassis and the Mediterranean and hit the inland freeways, where cruising speeds of 140 – 160 are the norm …. toll stations appear to be part of every road network, thus far, ranging from a few Euro per use to well over twenty … beautiful roads but costly to drive! We arrive at our next destination, a converted farmhouse in San Remy …. a touch of tranquility in Provence! A place to stretch out, chill, swim, let the kids, big and small kick a soccer ball around the acres of grass, jump on a trampoline, explore a quaint town teeming with restaurants and the many nearby vineyards and oh yes, give everyone a chance to do laundry as well 🙂 ….
A wine tour with Olivier through parts of the Rhone Valley proved to be a totally interesting, informative and fun day. Olivier, of both French and English heritage is totally bilingual … the British side prevailed. A delightful man, full of knowledge, and funny to boot. We sampled our way through various vineyards …. white and rose Vacqueyras, red Gigondas, red Côte du Rhone, red and white Chateauneuf-du-Pape and various other wines that I have forgotten :). We learned the importance of ‘terroir’ …. weather, wind, soil type, and a myriad of other conditions and situations that influence and determine the quality and taste of a wine. The day culminated in a delicious late day luncheon at a restaurant located in the unbelievably bucolic tranquil countryside. Again, we lingered long, savouring the day. As I sit here today, in a cafe in Kelowna, typing this, my thoughts and mind easily float back to France. I feel so blessed to have had this experience with my children, their partners, my grandchildren, Jenn, Gary and their children … How kind and thoughtful they all were to arrange all this. It is not easy planning and carrying out an overseas trip for adults, never mind one with young children to consider …. a Herculean effort surely and one that succeeded brilliantly.
A most enjoyable dip into life in Provence … a bit of education, a touch of exercise for all, relaxing homey ambiance, lots of wining and dining …. good fun! Onward … en avant … to the French Alps!