Paris and Ansouis
Arrived in Ansouis earlier today after five of us enjoyed 4 days in Paris, then a trip back to CDG early Saturday morning to meet the 6th member of our group. Several glances and comments in Paris because of the make-up of our group - myself and 4, now 5, women. In Paris we got around on the Batobus (a big hit) and Metro, used a Museum Pass to visit the Musee d'Orsay, Louvre, Saint Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, Picasso Museum and the 4 women went out to Versailles, while I spent time on my own in Paris. The Concergerie was closed and we ran out of time to visit other Museum attractions. The first morning, I took our group to the Trocadero Metro stop & enjoyed their reaction when they came around the corner and got their first view of the Eiffel Tower.
Funniest line so far - We we on the second level of the Eiffel Tower enjoying the views of Paris. I pointed in the direction of the Trocadero & commented that was where we were earlier. One member, who shall remain nameless, said, "But where's the Eiffel Tower?"
Dinner at Le Florimond was a big hit with the group - Chez Nenesse and La Fountaine Gourmand were also very good, but Le Bistrot du 7ieme at La Tour Maubourg, highly recommended by an acquaintance before we left Canada, was a big disappointment.
Took the TGV from CDG to Avignon, arriving at 11:45am. I hurried over to the Europcar office & arrived first in line - recommend the practice - the lineup has taken an hour or more in the past. I'm driving a Ford Galaxy 7-passenger mini-van - a tight squeeze for the six of us with our luggage - not much storage space at the back. We each have one piece of luggage and an open bag as our carry-on on the plane - pack light in a group. Our Mapquest directions to Ansouis were a bit confusing and dead wrong in at least one instance, but fortunately I was familiar with the area & made it to the house, avoiding the A7 completely by 1:30pm.
NICE HOUSE!! - pics & details to follow later.
Ansouis is a perched village at the eastern end of the Luberon about 25 minutes from Aix and only a short drive to the attractive villages of Lourmarin & Cucuron. The nearest larger town is Pertuis. Around 3:00 we drove over to the HyperU (known locally as HyperTensionU) supermarket in Pertuis, after making a shopping list - very busy spot, but then again it was Saturday afternoon. Dinner was pork chops & salad from HyperU with bread and dessert from the bakery a few seconds from our kitchen door. I told "Laurice" (sp) at the bakery that we would be there every day. "Moi aussi" she replied.
Oh yes, we also had some wine.
We plan to be out and about the region every day, returning to our house for dinner - with maybe 4-5 restaurant meals in the evening. Sunday is market day in Ansouis - as it is in Coustellet and L'Isle sur la Sorgue. I have prepared an itinerary for the first week - see how it goes. I'll try to add to this blog each day. I'll be back.