Tales from the Road 24

Monday 6th September 2010

Montblanc

Montblanc

We’ve been staying in a small town called Montblanc (not the mountain!) in the Languedoc region of southern France, since we arrived from Nice on Friday. It’s another airbnb find, but with a difference. Here we’re getting breakfast and dinner and there’s a swimming pool! And every morning the weather is the same – sunny! When our wonderful hosts Tony and Carol realised that Denis was working and they knew there was no bus tour in the town (!), they offered to drive me to the nearest big town, Pezenas. And Tony took on the role, for me, of tour bus and audio guide!

Entrance to Apartments Pezenas

Entrance to Apartments Pezenas

Archway Entrance

Archway Entrance

He pointed out archways through open doors, thresholds I would never have crossed, but we went straight in! And he also took me through the market, giving me tips about how to get the best prices. And told me the history of the town and the area. The writer Moliere stayed a while in Pezenas and there’s a statue to him near the market.

It’s a beautiful town, lots of winding streets again that lead into a square where there was an organic market.

Pezenas

Pezenas

Street in Pezenas

Street in Pezenas

More Cobbles!

More Cobbles!

We have breakfast served to us each morning at 9.30, either out in the garden or in the dining room, depending on the heat of the sun. Our delicate skin tone must be protected…. And after that Denis goes to work and I have been reading or doing some needlework.

Packing up

Packing up

When we were packing the bike to leave on our trip there wasn’t a lot of room. We have two side panniers a top box and a tank bag. One of the panniers is for my stuff – clothes, shoes, books, vitamins and toiletries.

My Pannier

My Pannier

One is for Denis’ – clothes, shoes, lap top, iPad, backup disk, assorted connection wires and French power adaptor.

Denis' bag

Denis' bag

The top box is for daily incidentals – groceries, drinking water, my handbag, spare waterproof bag and bungie clips to tie it on if used, space for the protective clothing’s inner linings which are worn in cool weather and taken out in warm weather.

Top Box

Top Box

Tank Bag

Tank Bag

The tank bag is for the camera, the map, Denis’ sun hat (delicate skin tone, again!), note books, pens, a little flexible tripod that will grab on to a tree or such to take pictures by remote (never used!), spare ear plugs and spare glasses.

By the time we’d finished packing in Greystones I had already spread to the top box and needed to make a decision about bringing books versus putting in some last minute craft making. Since we had the iPad, (a small portable computer which has, among other things, software to allow you to read books), I decided to leave my books and bring two balls of wool and a crochet needle. But the book reading has not been that satisfactory, mainly because of the choice of books available to download to the iPad, but also because it’s not that easy to whip out your computer as you sit at a roadside cafe or by the pool! So here at Villa Roquette there are lots and lots of books to choose from and I found an Anne Fine that I’m enjoying.

Reading at the pool

Reading at the pool

The crochet is coming along nicely though and I may yet get the courage to try again for some felt from a French material shop! I saw one in Nice and realised that in Torino, I’d been in a Haute Couture material shop when what I needed was a “Guineys” type material shop! Still, it was an experience!

My crochet

My crochet

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4 Responses to Tales from the Road 24

  1. Grumbo says:

    I see general strikes are hitting the Paris area. Hopefully that doesn’t affect you. How do you and Dennis like your IPad? I have one and have great plans for it on our upcoming trip and cruise. I have many films and tv shows read for viewing. We in Canada aren’t allowed any books for the Ibooks app as no financial agreements have been made with the publishers as of yet. Thanks for the info re airbnb.
    Cheers,
    Grumbo

  2. Baby Ci says:

    I see Butterflies!!!! Looks like a beautiful place!!

  3. Denis says:

    Hi Grumbo,

    (this is Denis). We’re finding the iPad very useful – much smaller than the couple of dozen books on it and great for getting online whenever we want. There’s a way around the stupid iBooks limitations (we have the same problem in Ireland). Here’s what you do: buy a US iTunes gift card for $25 or $50 (you can buy them online – google for “US iTune gift card”). Then log out of iTunes and create a new account with the gift card and a make-up US address. Then, you can log in with that account and spend the money on the full US list of books (it’s also useful for movies and tv shows). Enjoy!

    Denis

  4. Grumbo says:

    Great info! Thanks. We’ll be ending our upcoming holiday in Florida so will stop by a shop and pick up a card. I wonder how many accounts use 90210 as a zip code. Thats the only one I know :o)
    So far we love the IPad and am looking forward to using it over the next month.

    Cheers,
    Grumbo

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