We woke to a beautiful sunny day and had our first breakfast on the patio. Croissants, Bonne Mamam Framboise Confiture, fresh strawberries, Swiss cheese, great coffee, tea...almost just like home, but somehow it tasted better in France.
Then we headed to St. Paul, one of the most beautiful and popular of the perched villages in Provence, lots of narrow streets and an art gallery every 10 meters. We found one gallery that displayed works by an artist Jean Claude Tron. Of course we couldn't resist buying a painting. Our painting is one of a field of red orange with olive trees and St. Paul in the background. We spent at least 30 minutes with the dealer and now know more than we ever thought possible about paintings, linen and frames. We were exhausted after listening to him talk, he spoke so fast!
We walked around almost all the streets and then had lunch. Karen had Cheese raviolis with a tomato basil sauce and Mike a veal stew with really large asparagus, peas, beans, potatoes, carrot and of course really tender veal. As usual our drinks came with toasts and a ramekin of olive tapenade, which tasted so much better than what we have at home.
After lunch we walked a bit more and then headed for Foundation Maeght, a modern art museum, containing works by Chagall and Miro, among others, built sort of like the Nasher in Dallas in that a lot of it is outside in various garden settings. The painter Marc Chagall lived in St. Paul for 19 years and is buried in the local cemetary. This stuff is very modern and odd, so you either like it or not. There are no impressionists here!
By the way, just as we found for the first time last week on the street outside the DMA, parking meters here (actually one you walk to to get a ticket for your dash), all take credit cards and we've had no trouble with our BA card as it has a chip in it which all readers here accept. No more swipe problems.
So we'll visit Vence later in the week. We headed back to the house to enjoy the sun on the deck. It's like lying in a shaded glen, with beautiful views of the countryside. The villa has 3 deck levels so we have our pick of lounging in the sun or shade, but all with gorgeous views.
Tonight we ate in having salad, leftover chicken, desserts we bought yesterday, some wine, and just watched French TV (a dubbed Law & Order which in France is called New York - Police Justice).
Patio View Outside Bedroom and Living Room
View down to second level
St. Paul Street Scene
Major Fountain in St. Paul
Walkway to Second Level
Living the Life