Since October I've taken advantage* of friends who live in beautiful places and made a couple of trips around southern France to two stunning regions, each of which with their own unique personality and charm.
Last month I went east on the train to Marseille & Cassis and last week I jumped in our little car and drove north to Rodez.
Both times I was well taken care of!
There were local wines to taste and cheese shops to visit; I was driven to a picturesque Provençal village perched on a hill, and to a picturesque Aveyron village perched on a cliff; we explored le Panier neighborhood in old Marseille and sat with un café noisette in a sunny café along the pretty port in Cassis; we toured the lovely city of Rodez and sat with a glass of Marcillac red wine in a local bar looking out at the glowing nighttime Rodez cathedral.
Both times my French got a good work out, as did my little camera.
The view from Cassis
La Vielle Charité in Marseille
The Vallon des Auffes in Marseille
Petite maison à Rodez
Gothic courtyard of Rodez
Cathedral in Rodez
Village of Bozouls
Église de Bozouls
Side street in Bozouls
Next week I'm taking trip number three.
Tuesday morning I'm pointing the car northwest and heading to the Lot-et-Garonne to visit Kate for few fun-filled days of Armagnac, duck fat infused cooking and Gascon markets.
No camp this time, (I will definitely miss my fellow campers) but I'm sure there will be Cassoulet!
le Relais de Camont
*I mean that in a nice way, of course