Arrived in France after something like 30 hours of flying! Very happy that I chose to fly business class with Emirates. Was able to drink champagne, nibble on 3 course meals, sleep flat and of course enjoy the lounges during my stop-overs in Sydney and Dubai.
Picked up my little black Peugot from Nice airport and immdiately faced a round-about, the trickiest road challenge when swapping from left to right hand drive. Waited for a car to go round to be sure I got the right direction. Drove about 45 mins to the village of Fayance. Stayed that first night with Lyndy Adlam and her husband Dom and daughter Ysamine, her cousin Christine was also staying with them. Dinner and wine followed by a sleeping pill and an early night.
Slept quite well. Spent the morning at the market in Fayance. Ended up sitting outside a cafe with 5 Kiwis and 5 Poms....strange start to 7 weeks in France! After lunch hit the road and drove to Beaulieu, which is 20km east of Montpelier. Will stay here with my good friends Bea and Serge for the next week.
Started Easter Sunday with a special treat from Alsace. A small cake/bread baked in a mold in the shape of a lamb. We then drove an hour to the village of Barjac where we wandered around an enormous 2nd hand market. 100's of stalls and all sorts of wares for sale. A few things caught my eye but all gigantic and heavy, way to difficult to squeeze into a suitcase. Home in time for dinner and a movie then to bed.
Just waiting for my birthday to start at lunch time!