May 17, 2012. Why is it that the best laid plans of mice, men and women, really do come apart at the seams sometimes? After transferring this blog to WordPress so I’d be really ready to keep track of our travels, I found myself with a completely dead 9-year old laptop last weekend, and nothing I could do would bring it back to life . . . until I completely left it alone for four days, removed and repositioned the battery several times, etc. etc. For no particular reason, yesterday morning, voila! I heard that distinctive chime that only means a Mac is booting up . . .
So, though I felt clearly lost without the electronics, I noticed several things:
1) I reminded myself that despite the rain in France for a month before we arrived, and despite the forecast for several days of rain during our 16 days here, we have had simply beautiful weather, but for Tuesday, when we walked through the Marais District with a walking guide, umbrellas up against rain and gusts of wind . . .
2) I wrote a bit more in my paper journal about our activities, rather than try to deal with the French computer keyboard layout . . .
3)I finally made a firm decision to buy a new Mac as soon as I return home.
The writing and posting could be done at home, worst case, and my photos won’t go on this site, probably because of the ancient and now really dying system I have. BUT . . . we definitely wouldn’t be enjoying our activities nearly as much if our weather had shown up as predicted.
So . . . there’s my introduction. Now on to our adventures, which I will post in pieces, so you won’t have to make a sandwich before you settle in to read:
Provence, cont’d: When last we left this website, Sunday, May 6, we had settled into our first day at our villa in Robion, in the Luberon Valley of Provence. Indeed, we went to the market at L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, returned to our villa for relaxation near our swimming pool, and returned to L’Isle, etc. for dinner at Le Jardin du Quai. It’s a beautiful place, and though the main course that particular night was a pork roast, not the best thing I’ve eaten here, the accompaniments were delicious, the garden cast a glowing light on all of us as the sun set late in the evening, and we enjoyed ourselves completely.
The drive back to the villa was under 30 minutes, and we eased ourselves into our respective villa bedrooms for a good night’s sleep.