Avignon – Deux

We wound our way through the cobblestone (i.e., treacherous) streets of Avignon…..up to the Christmas Market on the Place de L’Horloge.  Needing a little fortification after the my harrowing day, our first stop was an outdoor café for a glass of Vin Chaud (hot mulled wine). 

While we rested, the evening lights were just starting to make their presence known.  The lights in the trees had an interesting twist…..they seemed to be droplets of light falling from the branches. 

While we watched and listened to the joyful activity surrounding us, we overheard an American voice bemoaning the fact that his camera’s battery had died before he was able to take a picture of these trees, now fully lit up.  

My dutiful, but now deceased, Kodak camera no longer needed its batteries so I offered them to him.  This led to a delightful conversation with this gentleman and his wife…..a charming couple from Santa Rosa.  They’d lived in Paris for three years when he worked for UNESCO….during this time, they fell in love with the country and now come back as often as they can.  We chatted about France, the United States, politics (fortunately, their beliefs agreed with ours), places to see in Languedoc, shops to visit in Provence and the amazing things that seem to happen when you visit this magical country.  After an all-too-short visit and a promise to stay in touch, we parted ways…..they to their hotel to catch an early train to Paris and us to tour the market.

This market had more booths than the others we’d been to…..Santons, cakes, candies, sausages, Provencal fabrics, soaps, linens, jewelry, beer, toys and……

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!   

Jack Frost nipping at my nose and folks dressed up like Eskimos…..I had to come to Avignon to bring this American song to life.  Go figure.

It was getting late and, still sated from our fabulous lunch, we called it a night.

Bonne nuit….

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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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2 Responses to Avignon – Deux

  1. Marcia says:

    I am so envious.

  2. Donna Pleva says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful emails,. I feel like I am there – wish I was and my son Andrew whose only wish is to travel to France reads each and every one of your emails and loves them. Thanks
    Donna

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