Thursday, July 26, 2012

let the photos do the talking

I'm all jumbled. Between the Brazil Day, Louisette's 90th birthday, Suzy-Q being here, then Sarah from Texpats Abroad and her husband visiting, plus La Petite's christening (all in the space of three weeks), I'm a little overwhelmed and don't even know where to begin to tell you all about everything. So, I'm going to let some photos from the last few weeks do most of the talking, and give my tired wee brain a break.


++ See this bottle of Cairanne... this is the reason that I'm OK with Gatz being Gregory's hetero life partner (Gregory is The Husband... remember?). He buys me really nice bottles of wine to keep me happy and the nagging at bay. He also bought me that extra large wine glass (plus five others). Gatz knows what mama likes. I opened that bottle up the night before Suzy-Q arrived (a treat during the calm before the storm).



++ And then the morning she arrived, I spotted this sign at Marseille airport. It looks like Santa Claus and the Baby Jesus are finally getting around to answering my prayers.Thanks guys.


++ We brought Suzy-Q straight to Avignon from the airport and straight into my second favorite wine bar (first favorite in Avignon though). Suzy-Q was a little concerned about drinking Rosé at 11a.m but I assured her it was OK; 'when in Provence...'
(You are probably wondering what the above photo has to do with anything that I am talking about, well in July, the Avignon Theatre Festival is on, and performers walk around the city during the day advertising their shows. There you go.)


++ Because it wouldn't be fair to bring Suzy-Q to my second favorite wine bar and not my first, we popped into le bar au vin for dinner the next night. That's her having a chat with my buddy, The Sommelier.


++ Bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning (well me anyway, poor Suzy-Q had to deal with a stalking Fifty all through the night... somebody had a little crush) we set out for Gordes and Roussillon.

++ As beautiful as Gordes is, and as amazing as Roussillon is, I was left with two regrets; 1) I didn't steal the baby blue Vespa, and 2) I didn't buy that bag. 


++ The view from Gordes is the only one I have found so far that rivals the view from The O.G. LPV (true story) but that door in Roussillon simply cannot be beat. Imagine walking through that every day. One would feel very grand indeed. 


++ On the left is the ochre colored church in Roussillon with French banners for La Fête Nationale, and on the right, there's Suzy-Q and me, in front of the remains of the Renaissance castle in La Tour-d'Aigues. If you look closely you'll see that I'm actually wearing a romper, which I have discovered is the absolute best way to beat the summer heat. The downside... I look like a large version of La Petite. 

bisou

22 comments:

  1. Richaud is a freaking genius! Gatz has damn fine taste, as do you. Wow, got all giddy seeing that. And that bag, dude....why did you not?! I want one so bad I think my heart hurts a little!

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    1. As far as the wine goes... that's why you are my homegirl.
      And for the bag... I was trying to be 'frugal' and now I can't forgive myself.

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  2. Having seen the romper in person I can attest to its cuteness. Hope to see it this weekend!

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    1. I'm scared to wear the romper because I'm pretty sure Aidan will make fun of me or P-Daddy will mistake me for one of his kids.

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  3. Drinking at 11:00 a.m. is one of the best things about living in Europe. :)

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  4. As always, it looks beautiful and amazing where you live!

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  5. I think if the whole world wore Rompers, there'd be fewer wars.
    And a Starbucks in France? Remind me again, what's the point of visiting that Country anymore?
    m.

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  6. OMG you soooo should have bought that bag, love it! And I'm dying to spend more time in Gordes. It looks SO charming!!!

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  7. Happy to see that you finally made it to Gordes and Roussillon. Love that we can drink rose at 11 am in Provence. Actually, they start drinking rose at 6:30 in the bar before they go to work in Sablet. You have been a busy girl!

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  8. Oh my god. The Starbucks sign just made my day!! I live in Montpellier where there is not a trace of anything Starbucks within a 4 hour drive until you get to Barcelona. Would it be weird if I took a 1.5 hour drive to the airport every morning just for my coffee?

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  9. It is strange I used to like Rose then went of it for ages, now I love it again. 11h00 sounds like a good time to start to me :-) Love that vespa I am sure I would have stolen it! Sounds like you are having lots of fun. Enjoy. Diane

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  10. You'll have to go back and get that bag (and the vespa!) - they're both gorgeous! Oh, to be drinking rose in Provence at 11.00 . . .

    Sharon
    xxxx

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  11. I love having friends come visit and seeing the look of shock on their face when wine is ordered at an 11:30 lunch! One of the little expat joys.

    What nice LARGE wine glasses Gatz gave you. Those are big girl glasses, none of these tiny little French thimbles that make you feel like an alcoholic after your forth glass. Ha ha!

    Have a nice weekend Sara! It looks like you and Suzy had a lovely time. : )

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  12. Your pictures are great, Sara!

    I think I want a bright blue scooter like that - it's so cool, and I bet the gas mileage is killer. Is it yours??

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  13. I lovee those wine glasses and yes, nice bottles also keep me quite happy :)
    That bag is quite awesome, burlap and leather is a cool combination.

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  14. Wine taste better from big glasses. The bigger, the better.
    The views from Gordes are taken note of, it looks beautiful!

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  15. Wine and coffee and wine and wine and totes with skull kings on them...we might be long lost soul mates because we love all the same things, obviously!!!

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  16. I saw that sign at the Marseille airport last week too and got so excited. The only time I ever go to Marseille is to go to the airport. Rosé is always acceptable at 11am.

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  17. BONJOUR, SARAH! WOW, YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE IN FRANCE? WOW. IT IS LIKE ME LIVING IN THE TUSCANY (I WISH!) BUT INSTEAD, I LIVE WITH MY ITALIAN HUSBAND IN DUBAI! :( NOT THAT ANYTHING IS WRONG WITH IT BUT SOMETIMES THE COSMOPOLITAN LIFE SORT OF GET TO YOU AND YOU DREAM OF A PLACE LIKE IN THE PROVENCE AND TUSCANY.. ANYWAY, NICE ZARA TOP, I HAVE A SIMILAR ONE AND GET TONS OF COMPLIMENTS, ALWAYS.

    THANKS FOR DROPPING BY MY BLOG!
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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