We began our day with a short trip down the valley to a place we had seen last week where the River Theze is dammed, creating a small lake. Limestone cliffs rise from the water’s edge and demonstrate the ancient power of this river. With the reflections it seemed like a great place to do some sketching.
Since arriving in Europe I have been trying to get my phone GPS to recognize the local satellites. This is important to do geocaching here because the car’s GPS doesn’t get us as close to the target. However, today I decided to try the car’s GPS on a cache a few kilometers from our sketching. We drove to Villefranche and the GPS took us to the road next to the town’s old lavoir. That put us within about 100 feet of the cache. I used the clues and photo given by the cache’s owner to get closer then used geocaching sense to find the little box. My first find in Europe!
For those of you for whom the previous paragraph is a complete mystery I have included a link to an explanation of geocaching. It’s a great way to explore out of the way places.
We returned to Atelier de la Rose for a little lunch and to settle in to paint. However, my painting was interrupted by a wedding at the village church. The front of the church was decorated and cars began arriving, crowding the central square of this small village. Soon the crowd entered the church and the bride and her father arrived. After the ceremony everyone gathered in the square to throw rice, greet the couple, and line dance. Line dancing is a big fad here. All of the wedding attendees gathered in the square to line dance en masse to a Spanish song that repeated the work Amor. What a sight! In a short time the entire party departed in a blaze of horns and shouts. The bride and groom drove an old pickup truck decorated in a fashion to show the groom what married life would be like.