It's go, go, go at the moment - making sure my friend sees the best that Provence has to offer during her 2 weeks here.
This weekend was jam-packed with fun despite the weather's best efforts to thwart us.
We headed off nice and early Saturday morning to the seaside town of Cassis.
Unfortunately the open waters were too rough to take the boat ride out to the calanques (limestone inlets and caves along the coast) but we made up for it with play on the beach and a few merry-go-round rides.
After lunch the wind got a little unpleasant so by mid afternoon we headed home again. They've redone all the beautiful cobblestone streets behind the marina - it was fun to see the work in progress.
Sunday was another early start, this time up to the Luberon Valley to the Banon Fête du Fromage, the Cheese Festival.
We saw this on the way:
Banon put on a great show.
Oh yes, Banon, you ARE super.
And the cheese...wow. Oh wow. The CHEESE!
This is Banon cheese, made in the local area and named after the town.
Before coming to France this cheese would've frightened me. Now mould is my best friend.
This was a cheese I'd never seen before - soft goat's cheese made with rose water throughout (and a little rosemary on top) - it was amazing.
Of course there were things other than cheese, such as these:
And this cool bookstore:
But really, it was all about the cheese:
Those rounds on the bottom were 60cm (2 ft) across. Incredible.
Unfortunately the heavens opened at midday (and didn't stop until Tuesday afternoon) so we gave up our plan of having a nice lunch outside. Instead we took our haul home and pigged out there:
We went a little crazy, I'll admit. But we get to eat cheese all week, yay!
This is the Banon cheese, inside its chestnut leaf wrappings:
Sunday night I'd made a booking at the very popular Poivre D'Ane restaurant.
The food was really lovely, although the mister got a few sideways looks going out to dinner with two ladies. Why do people always find that so interesting?
The trip in and out of the restaurant had us soaked - the rain did not let up the whole night. And then we came home to find the laundry leaking.
In other news, did you know the Monaco Grand Prix is on this weekend? I didn't! My bestie and I are now going to Lyon for our weekend away.
Given that Lyon is referred to as the gastronomic capital of France, I don't think we'll be disappointed.
Have a great week! x x