Today was our first anniversary. It began like all good days should, with sleeping in and missing breakfast.
After checking out of our hotel, we started our drive to Provence. The weather was gray and gloomy, with rain off and on. We stopped for a quick coffee and bite to eat on the way. As we drove into the region of Provence, the landscape began to change from flat farmlands to more mountainous scenery. We began to see vineyards, and then the sun broke through the clouds and we saw blue sky for the first time in days!
We found the little hameau where our holiday home was located pretty easily. It's made up of 10 homes, that's it. About five minutes away is a small town. The holiday home is perfect. It has a little private garden with a pool and BBQ, a little kitchen/dining area, living room, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.
After getting settled in to the house, we drove to town, parked and walked around for awhile to photograph and just take in the flavor. We both love the rustic elegance of France and were almost in disbelief at how beautiful everything was. And the weather could not have been more perfect - sunny and 20C.
We found a little restaurant in town and had a lovely dinner together of marinated beef, red wine and a dessert of cheese and fig confiture. After driving home, we gave each other our anniversary gifts. We had to laugh, because after bringing four cameras with me on this trip, Johnny gave me another - a beautiful Olympus rangefinder that I had taken a fancy to.
The perfect day ended with a bottle of rosť wine and some music at our little home-away-from-home.