Our Family’s (2nd) Year in the South of France
Kids and Castles - Our year with kids in the South of France

A Rather Perfect Winter Morning

Not every day is perfect in Provence, but yesterday morning came pretty close. The weather has been just lovely, and as I left the house the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the smell was clean.

My first errand was to take the garbage out. There is a garbage and recycling station a couple of hundred meters down the road, a slight downhill walk with a lovely view.

Walking to the Garbage Station

Garbage and Recycling Station

Next stop – pick up the bread order at the village cafe. As I walked the valley stretched out on my left with a clear view of the neighbouring village.

View across the valley

Our village is quite lovely – a collection of rock houses built into a rocky face halfway up the hill. There are just two roads in the village, so today I took one to go to the cafe and one to come home.

Entering the village

The village has evolved over time, so none of the buildings are the same, and you can’t tell from the outside how things are connected on the other side of the walls. It makes for some very dramatic roof lines and lovely little nooks between the houses.

Love the roof lines

A walkway between the two roads in the village

I stopped to check out how the construction was going at the Mairie (town hall). They are building a new salle des fetes (community hall) at a site on the outskirts of the village, but for some reason tore down the old salle des fetes before even breaking ground on the new one. Ping pong classes have been canceled for the rest of the year since there is no longer any place to set up the ping pong table. L is deeply disappointed.

Construction at the Mairie

From the Mairie to the cafe is a short but steep uphill walk.

At the top of the hill there is a different view of the valley.

After buying the bread I headed back home, carrying the unwrapped baguette in my bare hand (of course!). There are four fountains on this walk, adding the calming sound of running water to the ambiance.

I took the second road on the way back. This is the main road through the village – the one I don’t like to drive on because it is so narrow. But walking is quite lovely, especially in the middle of the day when there is little traffic. The only person I saw yesterday morning was this cyclist.

I got back to the house and the total trip has taken about half an hour. The end of this perfect morning was a piece of fresh baguette.

I hope I continue to see the incredible beauty that surrounds every aspect of our lives here.

2 Responses to “A Rather Perfect Winter Morning”

  1. Aidan says:

    Thanks for taking us on your village walk. Great photos! And I know exactly what you mean when you say you hope you keep ‘seeing’ it. What a life…if you think on it you can find something different and wonderful in every day.
    bon weekend,

  2. Genna says:

    Hi Diane, this is magical! And the mix of old and modern, the recycling much more comprehensive than they have here! Fun to read about the celebrations, did you participate in the galette des rois celebrations? M’s class did it and there is a school family event…first time learned about it and thought of you guys! And the translate thing, I totally agree, run into glitches all the time as have to “help” with homework when B is away, which turns out to be more than one would think! It’s funny when we are trying to figure out instructions…even at primary!