A Little French Trip

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Having returned from Kiev and Chernobyl with my radiation levels under control I set off for a driving trip through France and Italy with a group of friends.

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IMG_7678 - Gevrey-Chambertin - 270▲ First it was Eurotunnel under the Channel then along the autoroute to Gevrey Chambertin.

◄ Yes we’re in wine country

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▲ More driving, but now on those iconic, tree-lined Provencal roads to Les Baux-de-Provence for more good food, more good wine …

IMG_7688 - Carrières de Lumières, Lex-Baux-en-Provence - 540▲ … but also the fascinating Carrières de Lumières, in a towering cave-like quarry projections appear on walls, roof and floor, alternating between a Chagall story and Alice in Wonderland – with ‘the Crazy Hatter’ in the not-very-good French translation. It looks terrific, like some ‘60s psychedelic light show.

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▲Finally our French travels conclude at the annual arts festival in Aix-en-Provence. While we’re there France beats Germany in the Eurocup semi-final and the town’s central fountain is full of happy French footy enthusiasts waving their tricolours. Sadly this was exactly one week before the crazy truck-propelled attack on the Bastille Day crowds in nearby Nice.