Late yesterday afternoon we took a taxi to Avignon to pick up our new car, courtesy of the Hertz roadside assistance. We now have a small Ford with a backup warning sensor that beeps to tell me how close I am to objects behind me! That is convenient for parking in our small garage space.
On the way home we decided to stop in Noves to see if we could find an art store that we had learned of. It only took one stop to ask a friendly Frenchman and we were at the store. This was an important stop because the leg on Jean’s easel had snapped the day we were painting at St. Paul. After carefully weighing the options (none were as good as the broken easel) she chose a lightweight one. Of course Jean also found a few pastels that she wanted to add to her box. Soon we were home to supper…chicken made with some of the harissa sauce we bought in London with raw fried potatoes and onions!
Today was market day in St. Remy. We hit the streets at about 9:30 and found most stalls up and running. It’s good to get there early if you want to shop. Once the tourists hit town at about 11:00 the market is quite crazy. Then it’s more about people watching than shopping. After doing our shopping we went back to browse and people watch.
Musicians set up in a few places where the vendors and crowds had left a little room. Our favorite was a jazz, blues, country trio just around the corner from our house. We listened to them for 30 minutes or so.
In mid-afternoon I took a walk to see some of the Van Gogh trail and look at the aftermath of the market. It was totally gone and cleaned up by 2:30! On a busy street corner a woman had parked her motorcycle in the middle of the roundabout, unloaded a portable sound system, and was singing chanteuse songs to passers by. When traffic stopped she would sidle up to the car window and sing to the drivers. What fun!
Finally, here is the painting I did at St. Paul de Mausole two days ago.
Tonight it is saucisse de morteau, lentils, and veggies for dinner! This is a recipe I learned from JP, so I hope he is envious of our vittles. See you soon!