When Friends Come to Visit

6 Sep

In order to expedite the catch up I am going to do things a little differently for the next few posts.  Instead of blathering on about what we have been up to I will try to include slightly more detailed captions and upload more pictures.  Let me know what you think.


Mark and Sarah arrived direct from Auckland (via London and Nice) and we met them off the train at Les Arcs, Draguignan.  They arrived on Sunday afternoon and left on Wednesday about noon.  Until their visit the weather had been painfully hot but as soon as they were due the temperature dropped by 50% and we had some rain and thunderstorms.  Go figure!  Fortunately the day we went to the Gorges du Verdon the weather was lovely.

Here’s a quick overview of the itinerary: on Monday we went to Sainte-Tropez via a coffee stop and walk in Grimaud.  In the evening we had drinks with Jeremy and Jo.  Tuesday was early to the Lorgues market then continuing to the Gorges du Verdon for the pedal boats and general sightseeing. Back home for drinks at Sue’s place then Mark & Sarah shouted dinner in Le Thoronet.  Very nice.  We took it easy on Wednesday morning then headed to the train via the supermarket to collect some travel snacks.

So that’s a little context now here are some photos…

On Monday we set off to Sainte-Tropez to see the beaches and the sights. And did it ever rain! Out of focus through the windscreen but still shows filling the roadway and flowing across the path into the building.

Sarah finding opportunities for photographs in the streets of Sainte-Tropez.

Mark finding opportunities to wait for Sarah finding opportunities for photographs in the streets of Sainte-Tropez.

Tourists on the river in the Gorges du Verdon

A panorama in the gorge.

Did we all have fun?

The last time we were here, in July, the water was up to the trees. Now it is 2-3m below.

Again showing the light band around the lake showing the drop in water level from its high mark.

Leanne placed the green candle for our Mums in the chapelle at Moustier-Sainte-Marie, just as we did last time on the occasion of Mother’s Day in France.

A glass blower demonstrating his craft in the square at Moustier-Sainte-Marie

That’s all for this post.  Next will be the rest of the week and our road trip to Millau, Nîmes, Uzès and Rousillion.


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