Friday, 15 May, 2015:
I have no idea what this is all about
The Canal du Midi in Toulouse
A spa barge on the Canal du Midi
Colorful barges were the norm on
this stretch of the Canal du Midi
It started to rain HARD as we drove
by Carcassonne seen in the distance
Blue skies at last, but where were we?
Never been here, lets go!
Beautiful landscapes near Narbonne
after the rains had swept through
Narbonne has a canal too that
connects to the Canal du Midi
We have got to do laundry SOON!!!
Victor Hugo is big all over France
Memorial to Narbonne's
WWI and WWII soldiers
Narbonne's Market Halle
They sell horse meat which we love
All of their little restaurants were
crowded at lunch time
DO NOT TOUCH!
The food vendors were closing up
But the diners were in full force
which was GREAT!
Laurie's Steak Tartare
After lunch espressos
Cartoon character themed
waters were big here
There was a car show in Narbonne
today on the Place de L'Hotel de Ville
Narbonne's City Hotel de Ville or
Were the required gargoyles . . .
. . . all . . .
The candles were a heady 2 Euros each
Laurie next to the main altar
The Blessed Virgin Mary
A typical low key side altar
This praying knight was fascinating
The detail on his armor was amazing
The view of the main altar
from the last pew
Mary greeting us as we left the Cathédrale
View of the cloister walls
Offensive Linemen should all be Rhinos
We blew by this classic French car on
the toll road like it was standing still
Les Deux Garcons is a great place
with a bit of local history
As schoolmates growing up in Aix-en-Provence, the writer Émile Zola and the painter Paul Cézanne were the best of friends.
Zola would eventually move to Paris and become a famous writer during his lifetime.
Cézanne meanwhile became an obscure painter during his lifetime spent mostly in Aix-en-Provence. He was able to exploit the countryside's light to paint incredible images that would unfortunately not truly be admired until after his death.
On the occasion of Zola's return visit to Aix-en-Provence the two old school chums famously met at this restaurant to catch up on old times and new. Eventually the restaurant became known simply as Les Deux Garcons in honor of Aix-en-Provence's two favorite sons and this meeting.
Why did we go there for a drink tonight you ask?
Because it was THE place in the city
for two friends to reunite yet again
Aix-en-Provence was decked out
for nice Spring evening
Entry to Le Petit Verdot
Their menu was incredible
Just a little something
was called for, don't you think?