Tuesday, August 2, 2011

when I should have been at home

Remember when I told you that I went to Avignon when I wasn't fully over the flu and probably shouldn't have gone (OK, definitely shouldn't have gone) but went anyway? Yes? Good.

The reason I went was Gatz, aka The Husband's hetero-life partner. Remember last summer (maybe not since last summer was a long time ago) when Gatz needed us to go shopping with him (because he is without a Mama, without a girlfriend, and without a wife, and needs a whole lot of help) and we discovered that he shops like an old lady, as in he shops  S L O W L Y and that made me feel good because I looked at The Husband and said, "hey, I'm not that bad am I?" No? Not a problem because this post here, will tell you all about it.

Well anyway, last year during les soldes we brought Gatz shopping and this year he needed help again. Except where as last year it was Aix, this year it was Avignon and I was really excited because Avignon in July is a little nutty thanks to the theatre festival and so I really, really wanted to go. Just for the buzz, you know? And that's how I ended up going when I should have been at home, but if you have the opportunity to hang in Avignon during the theatre festival I'm sure that you would pretend that you don't have the flu anymore too. So there you go.

This is some of what we saw...


This couple. 

And no, 19th century garb is not in style in Avignon, but thanks to the theatre festival, you'll see random people dressed in costume. It's fun. 


And loads and loads of posters advertising shows. 

And then more people marching about doing the promoting...


And some street performers too... 


... like this guy, the sand man. 

And then we were super lucky, and fate intervened, and we happened upon a little wine bar...


Which was perfect timing because I had to rest my tootsies after walking up and down and all around looking for one pair of shoes for Gatz. 
Seriously. That's all he wanted, one pair of shoes. And it took all day. All day. 

And do you know where we finally found those shoes? At Galeries Lafayette on the way home (for those not in the know, Galeries Lafayette is outside of the walls of Avignon, and would have saved us a whole lot of time if we had just gone there. But then, I guess I wouldn't have seen all the fun stuff, and wouldn't have happened upon my new favorite wine bar - favorite in Avignon anyway - and wouldn't have seen this French pigeon...


... that was eating a croissant. 

How French is that?

bisou

 

23 comments:

  1. online shopping is the answer. leave gatz and go to avignon without the kid. x

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  2. Ah, sale season, I remember it from my summers in Paris! I always thought it was so odd that the stores would only have sales a few times a year, but I guess when stores make new clothes just to put the old ones on sale a lot of time is wasted and the designers definitely don't care to spend nearly as much time or attention on detail, cut or quality...

    That pigeon rocks... C'est bon!

    <3 MuffinLovesBiscuit

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  3. Oh I am so happy that the festivals are over, so calm here! :D This was the first year that I was really annoyed with the festivals.. What's the name of the wine bar?

    Next time shopping with Gatz, go directly to the Lafayette ;)

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  4. Looks like you had a good time inspite of Gatz's old-lady behavior. Hope you're feeling better now.

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  5. I would have pretended to not be sick too! I love hanging out with people dressed in costume.

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  6. Wine + people dressed strangely + SOLDES > Flu. And what a high class pigeon!

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  7. Summer is always a great time to shop....sales, sales, sales!! :)

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  8. *sigh* you had me at "wine bar."

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  9. Man that is one French pigeon. I'm still a little jealous he eats a better snack than me, but, I'll deal somehow I guess. ;-)

    Hope you are feeling better girl! Bisous!

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  10. Haha, all I've had to eat today is Diet Coke, so I am tres jealous of that pigeon eating better than moi! (So French).
    This whole post was brilliant - your writing style is SO unique, and I know I comment on that all the time, but each time I'm just blown away by how real it is.
    I love all the pictures - I love the story of Gatz (who obvi needs a girlfriend, or someone to introduce him to the wonders of online shopping) - everything about this post is perfect! xo

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  11. This theatre festival intrigues me.
    And that pigeon knows what's up.

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  12. We went to Avignon on our way back from our French holiday (it wasn't exactly on the way but I convinced my husband to take a bit of a detour) I loved it! We didn't have long there so I'd love to go back some time to explore properly. If it had been less last minute and we'd had more time we could have arranged to meet up. It would be fun for Sarah Elizabeth to meet Sara Louise! Maybe next time!

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  13. Going to Avignon during the theater festival is on my list of things I want to do.

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  14. This looks so wonderful! You're so lucky :)

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  15. I had a similar shopping experience this weekend. Shoes for the husband. ALL.DAY. lol

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  16. Maybe French men are just slow in general when it comes to shopping. I remember it once took my husband an hour in Hallmark to pick out five cards to send to his family.

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  17. Oh, I do remember you taking him shopping last year! Such a cute photo of you and hubby. Seems like such a quaint little place full of character, (and people in character)!! xo

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  18. oooo I have a sand man in my blog post too!! Coincidence? I think not! (but mine was drawn in the sand, likely by a 2 year old...)

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  19. It sounds like such a fun trip! I love the couple in costume and the street performers. Shame about the flu, I hope you're feeling better!!!!

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  20. What a lovely spot! & that little French pigeon made me smile....my husband calls me pigeon. TeeHee.

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  21. Love the shots of the festival folks, can only imagine the characters walking about! Glad you stumbled upon that wine bar..plus, that is a great photo of you guys, tres tres belle!

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  22. This post is Oh-so-VERY-French, right down to the pigeon with the croissant!

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