Gone in a Flash

4 Jun

Well, now I am properly behind schedule in writing my ‘weekly’ blogs.  I am writing this on 11th June.  This one relates to the week starting 28th May for which I got as far as selecting, uploading and captioning the pictures before I ran out of time.  After this one is complete I will move on to the few days we have just spent in Tuscany.

Before I do get started though, a special thanks to both people who noticed that I hadn’t posted an update on the usual schedule.  You know who you are and I am truly grateful for your attention!

As declared in the title, the week really did disappear very swiftly.  On Tuesday we went for a drive to the villages of Seillans and Bargemon in the hills to our east.  Seillans had some interesting Saracen history (although we couldn’t find a café open) but Bargemon was quite picturesque.

“Help! Help! We’re being repressed!” A pair of locals in Seillans in a 3rd story window

Plane tree growing through wrought iron fence. Doesn’t look like the fence is very old so the tree must be moving quickly

Saracen gate and ‘Deux Rocs’. Gate was built in the 12th century

Rosé cooling in the fountain outside the Hotel Deux Rocs

Looking back at Bargemon

On our way to the supermarket in Le Luc on Friday we diverted back to Plaines des Maures where we had seen such a great display of wildflowers in early May.  We still had a nice walk around the lake/reservoir but the flowers are all finished.  The lavender is starting to bloom but it is still early for them.

The French equivalent to the Kiwi ‘Street BBQ’ is the ‘Fête des Voisins’.  Probably 30% of the locals in attendance were Brits.  We had an interesting time meeting lots of people, most of whom we could do little more than exchange (then promptly forget) names!  All the same we were happy to be invited.

It seemed like all the locals showed up, even our neighbor René who is a bit of a character

Doing what all Frenchmen know so well – pouring wine!

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie was where we had our breakfast on Sunday morning.  It is near the entrance to the Gorges du Verdon, about 90 minutes from here, and the pictures speak for themselves.

A curious thing happened on the drive there.  We noticed every motorcyclist was riding slowly.  It was bizarre.  When we got to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie we noticed women in the streets and cafés with single roses – it was Mother’s Day!  So the conclusion we drew, without checking anywhere, was that it must be a custom for all the biker boys to ride carefully just like their mother’s told them for this special day.  Not wanting to let the facts get in the way of a good story I am going to leave it at that.

It was Mother’s Day and people were busy in the streets of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie many with single red roses

The village itself is very picturesque and there is a chapel high above in a valley over the village, La Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir.  Maybe the picture will do a better job than my words…

There were steps!

Leanne had a great idea in the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir at the top of Moustiers – since it was Mother’s Day in France we should light a candle for our Mothers. And so it was

La Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir

Guess what lives in these hills

Just a picture of some random tourists with the lake in the background

Part of the walkway is typical of what we have seen in most places we have visited in France. There is a strong incentive for people to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing. Not a barrier in sight – I love it! This one is probably rated as ‘serious injury’ rather than ‘certain death’ as many are

Inside the church back down in the village the kink looked very subtle but from up here it was very obvious

And on to the gorge itself…

Our first view of Lac de Sainte-Croix

The light was against me but the photo had to be taken

Posing near enough to the edge of a ‘certain death’ drop

Posing a little bit closer because that’s what blokes do

This guy was a bit lame – he used ropes and safety gear

There were lots more pictures through the gorge and from the viewing points at the far end but I had to stop somewhere otherwise I’ll never get this uploaded!

We got back to Les Fadons (home) just after 4pm to find a friend of Lavinia’s sitting outside in the shade.  She was expected and knew the code for the gates and had a key.  She arrived at noon and the gates closed behind her.  Unfortunately the key did not open the door and she could not get back out the gates – no code-pad on the inside.  so with no cellphone coverage she had been stuck there waiting for us to return.  Fortunately she did have a bottle of water and a book.

We got the property nicely polished for the owners return from the UK after 5 weeks away

This little guy lives in the fish pond and is only 40~50mm long

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6 Responses to “Gone in a Flash”

  1. David G June 13, 2012 at 07:20 #

    The photos look ok to me!

    I noticed the lack of blogs. Its just that I’m not the complaining type!

    Brian, you r still the best travel blog writer I know.

    Keep those blogs coming.

    Jan and I will be in UK during July. Unfortunately, probably don’t have enough time to manage a visit to the south of France, as much as we would love to!

    • bikernz June 13, 2012 at 16:06 #

      Thanks David. I appreciate the feedback and will try hard to maintain the discipline. In fact, it is really the only discipline I have this year…

      Its a shame you & Jan can’t pop in this time but we hope to be kicking around Europe for some time to come so perhaps there will be another opportunity.

      Cheers, Brian.

  2. David G June 13, 2012 at 07:13 #

    They look ok to me!

  3. Jeff June 13, 2012 at 00:38 #

    Brian, your photos are not loaded on the blog correctly. they just show as empty links!

    • bikernz June 13, 2012 at 15:58 #

      Hi Jeff. Not sure what the problem might be. I have had one example in the past where I could not view the pictures in one of my own blogs but it sorted itself out within half an hour. Are you still having the same problem?

    • Jeff June 13, 2012 at 21:52 #

      It is working now. Not sure what happenned either..

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