Beach Life

I’m back! Had some major hack problems but I think my son has fixed it all for me, bless his heart.

So, we made it back to our place at the beach and beach life continued.

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We had sunsets when there were gray skies which seem to have been in abundance lately.

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Every year our village has a fete with a different theme. Last year it was about Nursery Tales and characters. This year it was about Celtic life. There were all sorts of exhibits on the street and bagpipes and dancers in kilts everywhere.

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A scene from Brittany all set up. I loved it.

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All posed for photos.

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My view from my couch that evening. Beach life can be pretty great.

The Silver Fox

A couple of years ago when Maurice and I did the Orient Express trip we talked with the chef after one of the splendid meals and he told us he had a B&B in Provence. I noted the name because I thought it would be really great to stay there so when we were going to be in the area we were able to book a room. We had a lot of trouble finding it as it is on a very narrow dirt road outside of a small village called Marnas but it was worth the trip. It is called l’Atelier du Renard Argenté, the Silver Fox.

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The entry.

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The grouunds were large with lavender and fruit trees everywhere and chairs set up to enjoy the view.

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There was a swimming pool too.

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Here is the view from upstairs looking down into the living room. It was all decorated by the chef’s wife, Gail, who once worked in Paris at The George V. She had such good taste and there were lovely things everywhere. Our room was lovely too.

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The table set for dinner. The chef, Christian, was there to cook since it was the week-end, otherwise he would be on the Orient Express. He has been the chef there for 34 years.

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Breakfast. Such attention to detail. We were so full from dinner that we could hardly do justice to it. Just an elegant, peaceful place. We may go back in the autumn for a truffle week-end.

A Small Village

Years ago when we first moved to Provence I bought a map book with very detailed information on highways, cities and villages in France. I did a lot of investigating of lavender routes which I highlighted in the book and if I read about an interesting city or village I highlighted it too. We had some extra time before heading to our B&B and I looked in my map book which I always keep in the car and saw several villages underlined so we picked one and headed there. The name was La Roque sur CÄ—ze, the CÄ—ze being a small river.

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As you can see, it was situated on a high hill. We climbed to the top.

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We passed this church on the way up-very plain and clean inside.

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The Chateau at the top, not opened for visitors.

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All of the buildings and streets were made of stone.

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We stopped at this place for a cool drink.

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Where the patio was covered with vines with lights hung up above.

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The poppies are almost finished but I got a photo of some as we left.

Cavern

Near the Pon’t d’Arc is a famouse cavern called the Pont d’Arc cavern. Ardeche is full of caves in fact and we could have seen several large ones but just did this one. What we saw was a replica as they don’t want to damage the many wall drawings that are 36,000 years old when too many peole enter as happened at Lascaux, so four years of work and something like 36 million euros later and it feels like you are in the real thing. The cavern was once full of bears at one time and still has skeleton heads and other bones there. I’m not sure if they had departed once man arrived. No photos were allowed but it was so dark that they probably wouldn’t have turned out anyway. The cavern was just discovered in 1994 by three French explorers. They felt some cool air blowing out of a crevace and tunneled in to find it. Would’t it be incredible to be the first people to see it?

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We saw this structure in the distance several times and wondered what it was. This section covers the entrance to the cavern replica. The grounds were really beautiful and well done.

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There was a museum too showing how the area changed over millions of years including the prehistoric animals living then. The entrance to the cavern was blocked by a landslide for millioms of years which preserved the interior.

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One of the drawings.

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A row of horse heads. Wish I could show you a whole wall of drawings. It was just incredible. The interior of the replicated cave felt like the real thing. It was so well done.

Exploring

After the wedding we stayed at a five star camping ground in the area of France known as Ardeche. This camping ground, unlike others we’ve been to, didn’t have any RVs or tents, only little cabins made of double wide trailers. I don’t know if they have similar camping facilities in the States but they are very common in France. We really enjoyed our time there and Ardeche turned out to be very interesting and beautiful and we did a bit of exploring.

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We went kayaking one day. I have never done it before. It was a lot of fun except for the rapids which were probably at a very beginning level but I got stick on some rocks once and once my kayak turned sideways but I didn’t, thank God, fall over.

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View on the water. I kept my camera in a ziplock bag.

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The Pont d’Arc, created millions of years ago.

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A view from up above. This is called the Ardeche Gorge as it runs between canyon walls.

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The Pont from up above. We took a road that ran along the gorge and made several stops for the views.

Annecy Again

Maurice and I were married in a small village near Annecy so I always love to revisit. Maurice’s aunt and uncle live there too so we always go and see them.

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Such a beautiful city.

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Doesn’t the place on the look like a great place to eat? We didn’t eat there but at a place just across the canal.

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I had this, tarteflette, made of potatoes, onions, bacon and cheese. It wasn’t very good as it was sort of premade with everything just dumped on the potatoes, not baked all together, plus, they forgot the onions. I ate it anyway.

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The canal in the evening light. There’s a well known photo-op in the canal where it splits around an old prison but there was scaffolding on it this time.

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Made made water fall but I still liked it.

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The tower of the chateau there in the evening light.