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A quiet day in Ansouis

We have had busy days since arriving in Paris 10 days ago - and yesterday's drive back meant for an early night. We have dinner reservations over in Bonnieux this evening, the temperature is hot, the skies cloudless and the breezes non-existent. Some of us went for an early morning walk down the hill and outside the village to get a good vantage point for some photos of the village. We spend most the morning chez Barbara, a few steps across the street at the Bar des Sports, or on a short walk up the hill to the base of the chateau. Shortly before noon we visit the boulangerie - "Bonjour Ladys" - and the small Vival store a few steps away - a recent addition to the village - and make some purchases to complete our lunch of bread, tapenade, cheese and fruit.

After a quiet afternoon marked by another walk around the village and a chat with an elderly villageur who has lived in Hamilton Ontario and fought in the Vietnam War when he lived in the U.S. He was quite proud of the health care he receives in France - there is a hospital in Pertuis and three in Aix, where he recently received a knee replacement.

At 5:30 we headed out for the evening. Our dinner reservations are not until 8:00pm, but I wanted to show our friends a special site. We drove almost to Bonnieux, then turned right and drove along the top of a ridge over to Saignon, where we walked up to the top of the Rocher de Bellevue and it's spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding area, including Apt spread out over the valley below. Before leaving Saignon we stopped for an apéritif at a table near the the picturesque fountain in front of L'Auberge du Presbytere.

Back over to Bonnieux for our dinner reservations at L'Arôme - a favourite restaurant of my wife. We all enjoyed an excellent meal in a beautiful setting with friendly and attentive service. Our experience stretched over 3 hours and it was after 11:30pm when we arrived back at Ansouis.

A quiet day and a memorable evening. Another excellent day in the south of France.

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