A Busy Day in Provence

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Being a history buff, Darren has a list of sites to see in and around the Provence area, but as it was the first day after his arrival, we got a bit of a late start. We headed south on the road through the Alpilles to Maussane and were rewarded with great scenery and views. Winding down the hillside, we stopped to chat with and photograph a group of Provencal donkeys. They apparently had not heard about Bev’s attempt to electrocute one of their sisters in St. Etienne last fall, so they all strolled right up to the electric fence to pose.

Then it was off to lunch at La Place in the square of Maussane. We each ordered a little something different to eat. Darren started with Mitonné de queue de boeuf, David and I both had the Poêlée de gambas au sesame, sauce aigre douce. Darren’s main course was osso-buco, mine the filet de daurade, and David’s risotto aux asperges. Lunch was wonderful and the day couldn’t have been more picture-perfect. Once lunch was over, we drove up to the old city of Châteaux des Baux to again walk up the hill to the citadel. Darren was the ambitious one of the group and climbed up each of the 3 Châteaux’s towers while David and I waited on ground level to take photos of Darren up top. Afterwards, we walked around the village, took photos and browsed through the shops.

We wrapped up the day with dinner at the Sous les Micocouliers Restaurant, www.souslesmicocouliers.com  in Eygalières.

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