Tuesday became a work day, albeit a fun one, as we planned a weekend trip to Provence and an autumn trip to Spain.
Wednesday prompted a trek to Toulouse to extend our car contract and to search for a new stove for the boat.
The countryside, just last month aglow with bright yellow sunflowers, was muted. The faded glory of these once majestic flowers now drenched the fields and hills in a soft buttercream hue…..as if whispering that autumn is near.
After completing the car’s paperwork we headed for a store in Balma that was recommended to Craig by the Frenchman whose boat is stationed in front of ours. As always, maps were worthless and we found our way by happenstance and coincidence.
The store, Europe Accessoires Caravanes, had no stoves in stock. A charming, middle-aged gentleman named Jacques advised us that it would be impossible to order one now…..the manufacturer will be closing for vacation…..we must wait until September to order one. Ah…..so very French.
“America is a nation of workaholics. We may all want more time off from work, but
we never seem to be able to take it. There are millions of people,
though, who take endless vacations in the summer — a month, two months, even
more. We’re not talking about the idle rich. These are government employees,
blue-collar workers, office clerks. How do they manage this? What’s their
secret? They live in France.” ~ CBS correspondent Lara Logan