April 10, 2013
Bonjour mes amis et ma famille!
Bev, Lee, Cathy and I arrived in
Marseilles shortly before noon today. Lee was packed before noon yesterday, a full
five hours before the flight! The four
of us had a late breakfast at the Midnight Diner around the corner from the
condo and then strolled back to await the time for leaving there. We had no trouble at the airport. All lines were either nonexistent or
relatively short. Cathy forgot and put a
can of hairspray in her carry on bag, a big no no, so we had a short stop/chat
with TSA before heading to the gate. We
had a little lunch – I still wasn’t hungry – and took our various sleep
aides. Right, none of them worked. Bev did manage to sleep for three hours
straight but the rest of us were wide awake, making sure that plane stayed in
I tried watching The Hobbit but just couldn’t get into it. Cathy watched the whole thing and then said, “I thought that movie would never end!” I also tried watching The Return of the Guardians – about Santa, tooth fairy, etc. and it had Arabic subtitles; I loved the irony but couldn’t get into that movie, either. So we all napped some, read some and sat there quietly some. This plane had the restrooms downstairs. I’ve never been on an airplane with a downstairs! J
Max, one of our hosts, met us at the airport and led us back to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (east, slightly north of
Avignon if you’re looking at a map). We met a few other Untourists and Sue Baker
from the home office in Media (her sister and many friends went to UD). Then our landlord arrived and showed us the
windy way to our gite, the French word for apartment rental. We unpacked and walked around the property
before having some cheese and wine while writing our grocery list.
Now we have been to the grocery store, had a very nice dinner at entirely too early for the French. Our waiter asked where we were from. He didn’t seem to sure about
Carolina but he knew Tennessee
for sure. I didn’t bother to ask him why
in case I didn’t like the reason.
The scenery today has been really wonderful. We began looking at the Mediterranean in
that this is no sandy shoreline but at very rocky one with some pretty high
cliffs. The drive to Ile-sur-Sorgue was
lovely, surrounded by apple trees and grape fines. Soon we could see snow-topped Mont Ventoux at
the same time we were surrounded by very Mediterranean landscape. We have discovered a stone beehive hut very
close by. This area was settled by the
Celts before the Greeks so it is not all that startling to see similar
dwellings here and in Columba.
Our apartment is really nice if a little chillier than we had expected. It is supposed to be in the 60’s the rest of the week. We shall hope.
And now I am fading at an alarming rate. Time for bed! Sleep well everyone!