|This is our bungalo on the farm.|
|The farm's owner lives here.|
We trudged back down the hill to Enterprise where the clerk was away from the office--bathroom break, I'd guess--and upon return, he said he'd found the reservation but the car was at the airport--16 km away--and not at the train station where he operated. The cab ride to the airport was 30 Euros--about $40.
|This old boy is part of a good-sized herd.|
First, we had to go half a mile through complicated Paris streets to the Metro. That meant arranging and carrying all that baggage. It meant climbing flight after flighty of steps at the Metro station. It means pushing the bags out of the train before we were trampled and getting a seat on the high-speed train before it took off. All doable, but we'd be cutting it close. That, of course, translates to stress, a constant companion on this trip. We finally got it all done. Sonya has said more than once, "It ain't always pretty, but I always get it done." Yep, true so far.
|Just up from our bungalo.|
LET ME MENTION that on the way to the South, we continually came across France's dependency on fuels other than oil, coal and the like. We saw huge nuclear reactors and giant wind generator farms all over the place in this wine county. France is just so damn civilized.
IT'S SATURDAY now and I took a bit of a walk this morning to get some photos in the glorious South France light, but alas, it's overcast. I'm still feeling puny, so I asked Sonya to head out on her own today and I'll stick with the farm, do some hiking here and try to catch up with my cold, which is keeping me up for much of the night. My guess is that Sonya will enjoy a day of solitude and privacy. I will, too. Close quarters like this cause a strain on even the closest relationship. I once spent 10 days on a sailboat in the Bahamas with some very good friends and by the ninth day, we could have all killed each other. This is Sonya's and my 13th day.
|Scenic, but not especially useful.|
|The kitchen window.|
|The black dude's brown buddy.|
|This is the lock on our front door. Love it, or what?|