France #3 - ochre, color, and the hilltown of Rousillon
After a quiet afternoon to collect ourselves, enjoy the view and the hot tub, we headed out for an early evening expedition to the town of Roussillon. The shadows lengthened as we headed across the French country side- much driving on roads barely wider than our car, yet meant for 2 way traffic. Tons of fields: grapes, apples, other crops already harvested. I’m surprised by the amount of ditching and diking- small canals everywhere, with the occasional big canal. The movement of water has been rearranged here for a very long time.
After exploring the town, we found a likely looking place for dinner- one that opened at the earliest at 6:30. As we waited for it to open, a gorgeous little plaza afforded us beverages of choice: fresh squeezed lemon juice, seltzer water, and a bunch of sugar for the kids (when they realized just how much sugar goes into lemonade), tea and other adult beverages for us.
Fantastic dinner at a small restaurant- lots of good entrees, though we stopped short of ordering the escargot for the kids to try. After dessert, Elizabeth determined that she’d like lemon pie for her birthday (next May). Easy drive back though navigating the road to our house, with its multiple 6 point turns, was exciting.
Notable how dark it is in this area- apparently they’ve been working hard to protect the dark skies and avoid light pollution. It shows- the stars are spectacular! No pictures could do it justice.