Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PROVENCE DAY 3

30.05.11 Moissac-Arles
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Easy enough drive today. First through the 3 lane ring road of Toulouse and then on the motorway past Carcassonne, Beziers and Montpellier before skirting Nimes and heading for Arles. A few kilometres later, we turned right onto the D82 and minutes later (1250 or so km after leaving Roscoff) we turned in the gate of our gite. Thanks a million, Susie, our GPS hostess!
Sylvie is our hostess at the gite and she take us though the various bits and pieces we need to know, including the address of the nearest supermarket, just about a mile away. The gite booklet has loads of info on the area.

Sylvie’s mother turns up with some fruit and veg to add to the bottle of wine gift from Sylvie. We get a bit of unpacking done and have a cup of tea before heading for the Ecomarket in Fontvieille.

Just a few essentials bought, not a major shop at all. But we do get some wine and have our first taste of the local stuff at a late dinner. It is a bottle from the historic Mas de la Dame, once the subject of a painting by Van Gogh. The wine is a Rose de Mas, Le Baux de Provence, 2010. Went very well with the melon.
Am typing this as darkness falls amid a chorus of cicada calls.