Monday, January 10th – Tuesday, January 11th

Monday was sunny but cold.  Craig worked on the boat….trying to reconnect the heater and debating whether to put a new water line in.  I finished up the reservations for our April trip to the Netherlands….four days in Amsterdam then an eight-day loop around the countryside.  Felix was in and out all day….enjoying the sunshine and exploring near the canal….he’s getting quite brave and I’m not so sure I like his new-found courage.

The rain started during the night and continued all morning.  Too cold and wet for Craig to work on the boat, we made other plans.  We contacted Vinecole, a wine “school” near Carcassonne, to sign-up for a 3 hour wine-course on the wines of Languedoc, then we drove into Narbonne to shop.  First up, Narbonne Accessoires, an RV store where Craig hoped to find boat parts (he didn’t).  Then to a chocolatier with an up-close view of their kitchen….where a few workers were dipping candies in chocolate and then placing a identifying mark on each delectable little square.  It was hard to leave (especially after accepting tastes of their goodies), but we moved on to a grocery store we’d never seen before…..Grand Frais….a veritable palace of fresh foods…..meats, cheese, produce and specialty items from around the globe.  A most fortuitous find.

As we headed home, the rain stopped and the sun started breaking through the clouds, highlighting the landscape below in a most magnificent way.  Cezanne, Van Gogh and the others who migrated to Provence for the brilliancy of the “light” should have ventured a little further.  The sunlight highlighting the bleached white trunks of the bare plane trees along the road was glorious.  We tried to take a picture, but each time we stopped, the sun would play peek-a-boo with the clouds… this is one picture that remains in the mind’s eye.

More and more clouds gathered, creating a watercolor portrait in the sky…, peach and cream clouds resting comfortably next to rain clouds in various shades of grey, all framed by a vivid, baby blue sky.  It was exquisite.  Van Gogh would have liked it here.

Bows and flows of angel hair & ice cream castles in the air                                                 And feathered canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way…..                                                                               


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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