Quick France Update

A quick update on what we’ve been up to in France.

Col de Turini

Last weekend we drove up into the hills behind our village to the famous Col de Turini. Famous because the Monte Carlo Rally passes through this part of the world every year at the height of winter, the Col is to the Rallye Monte Carlo as the roads of Monaco are to the Monaco Grand Prix. It was a little warmer when we drove up (it’s summer, so no snow/ice) though much cooler than down on the coast. The road was incredible, no wonder it’s held with such high regard by the rally community: driving along some stretches was hard enough in the dry.

On Monday we drove to Aix-en-Provence for a couple of nights. Aix is a beautiful town, though hot as hades when we were there. We checked out all the Cezanne exhibitions in town and walked up the hill to his studio: Atelier Cezanne. Quite incredible. Great food and cafes in Aix, particularly enjoyed the food markets each morning in one of the squares behind Cours Mirabeau. The produce here is blowing my mind: the best strawberries, apricots, raspberries, cheeses etc. This is also true of the supermarkets over here, not comparable with the rubbish we seem to get, the French are so proud of the food their country produces, something we can learn from.

Village of Saignon

After Aix we drove deeper into the Luberon to Apt to check out the countryside and some lavender. We ended up getting stuck in a pretty bad orage and had to find somewhere to stay to sit it out. Thankfully we were just outside the little town of Saignon and we managed to find a room at an auberge in town, one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever stayed.

Trying to take as many photos as possible. I’m pleased that we decided to shoot RAW, though I’m churning through the disk space on the little iBook. Currenty using Adobe Lightroom for all our RAW processing, though we’ve stuck to iPhoto for storage. The photos up on our Flickr accounts have been processed in Lightroom, though I’m still not 100% happy with the way some have turned out. The difference between viewing the photos on the iBook vs the dodgy internet cafes wintels we’re often forced to use is massive.

Tomorrow night we’re off to Nice to see “The Strokes” in concert, right on the beachfront.