Saturday, April 23, 2011

To Prepare for the Holiday We...

Easter in southern France is a time for family, friends, and eating.  Our visit today to our local boulangerie in Vers Pont du Gard was....
a vision in spring colors
awaiting to be savored.
And at the patisserie, Savarin, in the neighboring village of Uzès, the lines were as long
to acquire some wonderful treats.
Perching in the window is a chocolate delight.
However, the rooster watches over all.
Selections take a lot of time.
And everyone dreams
...of visions of sugarplums...
Happy Easter or Spring to all!
Joyeuses Pâques
and we have tucked lemon rolls by our fire to rise for morning breakfast.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

....And The Lights Went Our In Vers Pont du Gard....

Yes, the lights went out in Vers.  Now, they were to be on at 3:00, well, maybe 4:00.  The boulangerie could not bake the bread, the grocery could not sell the cheese, the bar, however, was quite active.  Pierre and Albert arrived at our door to tell us the lights would be out until 8:00.
Neighbors began to gather....
The boys in our doorway.
The girls across the road.
More neighbors find their way to our door.
 And soon the wine began to be poured.
Potato chips, the most wonderful snack in France, arrived.
 Doors to houses were left open as more joined the group.
Occasionally, we had to depart the street to let the tractor pass or the bus or the many cars who said "Bon Appeit" as they passed..
And the mayor had to join the conversation about the outage (It is his birthday tomorrow, you know)
 Albert brought a delicious wine and more chips.
It was such a delightful evening that when the lights finally came on we were disappointed.

John and Jean began the departure of the group.  Each saying what fun it was to meet in the street.
Ah, warm weather, no computers, no TVs and friends.
We are smiling!

Bon Soir!