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Beaumes-de-Venise to St Remy de Provence: June 17

Bonjour (said in a melodic tone).

Today is clean up and depart day. Got a journey of some 40 km ahead of us. While we waited for Mme Badaroux to check the house and return the bond we explored the back streets of town and climbed to a lower level of ruins than on the high ridge. It was interesting. We had no idea how many people get tucked into multi story apartments in winding narrow lane ways. We found some great views of the rooftops of the little town and then explored a bush track running on a smaller ridge between the main part of town and a vineyard and then the main ridge behind the town. It was a very pleasant trek.

Guess why French people drive small cars (it might be a bit hard to spot in this photo):

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Some rooftops:

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Video of backstreets:

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Funny thing you know, after having sweetbreads the other night I now have this compulsive urge to greet new people saying "gland to meet you".

A farewell coffee and pastry and we headed south. We accepted Missy's decision to go part of the way on a tolled motorway. For the heck of it I decided to detour left instead of right and went up 16km and back 16km and enjoyed double tolls. I am such a spontaneous thing. Karen shook her head again and I reckon she thought something like "the other left you ninny".

Anyway we got off the fast thing and wound our way to the famous St Remy. Some roads were a bit tight. Some of the roadside vegetation was bamboo or bamboo like, wonder why? Then we began to climb a little and our B&B was upon us in the outskirts of St Remy. Doing a trip with a Missy is certainly heaps easier than with a Map alone.

The B&B host, Christine was welcoming and chatty. She is French but has lived in Australia for while and many other places as well. Her hubby and co-host is named John Walsh, I kid you not. He is not so chatty. Their daughter is completing Osteopathy as well. Lots of coincidences.

The B&B passed the cleanliness test and the aesthetic test and guess guess guess what! I can stand under the shower, YEEHOO!

Here our pleasant first storey view to our outside breakfast room:

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The gardens are pleasant and beckoning but we decided to venture into town, check out the local office de tourisme and we are glad we did. She did not recommend a visit to a great macaroon place because she is not allowed to. Karen reckons they are the best she has tasted yet. Apparently the owners son, Remi, who is 18 years makes them. She was a proud mum. A bit more of a wander; a pastis for me and martini for Karen and then dinner.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant Auberge de la Reine Jeanne, was somewhere between regional home cooking and michelin. The venue was outside in a courtyard and very pleasing. The dogs of clients were well behaved and a cat entertained us by scratching against the small tree next to us.

The restaurant couldn't be michelin starred even if the food warranted it because the napkin had a hole in it. Gad! We did witness an exciting way of serving whole fish. It came out in a cage and then sticks of something were lit underneath scarring the fish for some 30 seconds. We forgot to ask what it was.

Holey napkin, a guaranteed fail:

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The food was tasty nonetheless and I got my monthly quota of fish and nutrients from marinated sardine and then iron and protein from by beouf aux morilles. Karen enjoyed her pork and tapenade followed by her peppered steak.

Choosing wine from a foreign menu can be tricky. We continued the theme of asking about local wine and the waitress was happy to recommend a 500 ml bottle of a 2005 red from Les Baux de Provence, some 10 kms away. It was great value for the price.

Oh, nearly forgot to tell you the news. On impulse I bought Karen a new car here, it is so cool, like her:

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Time to go home again. When we hit the clean sheets we were stonkered.

Bonne nu.....zzzzzzz

Posted by lesnkaren 13:50 Archived in France

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