VISITING WITH FRIENDS
On our arrival in Avignon in the south of France we were met at the train station by our good friend Hugh. We rented a car and then followed him east to his beautiful home in the country west of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Hugh and his wife Margo have lived in Europe for about 20 years. Their home is situated in a rural setting surrounded by olive groves and fruit orchards. Vera and I thoroughly enjoyed their warm hospitality and local knowledge.
During our stay the temperature in Provence during the day was 25 – 30 degrees Celsius and the nights would cool down to about 16 degrees. We noticed that the winds were strong but my friend Hugh said that they were not yet the typical Mistral winds that blow out of the Rhone River valley.
On the day following our arrival, Hugh took us to a market in the town of Saint Remy-de-Provence. Weekly local markets are a staple in Provence, providing the locals with the much need daily staples of food and produce. As well they are a significant draw for tourists like us who can gain some insight into local customs and lifestyle. On the day we visited the market was very crowded, even though technically the summer tourist season had passed.
More on the market in the next installment.