Thursday, May 03, 2007

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence!

Thanks julien!! What a wonderful weekend... from start to bottom it was just so nice to hang out with the old friends and new friends and do all the things we love... like eat, drink, play and gab.
We were so lucky that Mike and Ewa managed to drive all the way from Basel, Switzerland. And that Bernardo drove all the way from Bologna with a car full of tortellini and grapa. And that Diane, although she had a super important exam on Wednesday and another on Thursday, managed to rally and make it too! map of where we all came from!

(L-R) Bernardo, Peppe, Emelie, Julien, Ewa, Mike, Diane

Luckily we had time to do the things we like to do and in such a g-damn lovely setting. Provence is so beautiful!I was amazed - irises everywhere, flowers like you just can't imagine. Unfortunately we were a little early for the lavender, but next time... and yes, there will be a next time.

The first evening, before nano arrived, we did some grilling and swimming in the pool.

the pool was soooooo beautiful... if only the weather had been a little better, i don't think we would have left it! the house is a really special place. the setting is gorgeous and the interiors are very unique and lovely. i want to especially thank judi (julien's mom) for letting us stay and hope she's not too upset about the wine all over the couch.... just kiddingggg!!!!

As became the custom very quickly, dinner was preceded by some pastis or beer and pétanque which most teams managed to have their lucky day with. personally, i like to think that julien and i were the real winners, but it appears that peppe and ewa, aka the "wet turtles", (don't ask) may have been the actual champions.
"it's totally ours, dude."D lines up her lob
Sunday Mike and Ewa wanted to take us climbing. This is a sport that i participated in once when i was 14 at camp takodah (all hail takodah T-A-K-O-D-A-H, takodah all hail... all hail hadocat...) - needless to say, i may have forgotten a few of the key moves. I never really made it back into a harness until this past Sunday. Mike and Ewa are pretty experienced climbers and they really impressed me (to be fair nano is too, but he hadn't arrived yet). it was a lot of fun to watch them and to try it out and just overall really cool of them to teach us the ropes. (I'm sorry, i had to do that...)
Mikey - the lead climber - takes on the challenge and sets up our climbing thingy. (there's a lot of lingo - some of which we picked up and used and reused all weekend long for various non-climbing related reasons and some of which we didn't bother learning at all. the word for climbing thingy is surely not climbing thingy, but you know what i mean...)Ewa - aka spiderwoman, finds all the jugs even though it was pretty greasy and manages to clean up on her way down. (see i told you we learned some lingo . I'm not promising that I'm using it in the right way... but whatever, who cares?)Julien - aka The Monkey - no one was very surprised that he seemed to be a natural ;-)peppe rocks it (hehe) even though he's without the "superduper climbing shoesies". (can you believe that's what they call them?!)me.... climb on!finally nano joins in the fun and all together we finished this great day off with a lovely meal which julien prepared for us and some divine wine from a local winery that was really just so good. as had become custom the evening was concluded with some cut throat card playing and a**hole was the game of choice, chosen specifically because it allows you to bully your friends.

Monday we went on a great hike just around the corner from the house. It was a walk into and along the ridge of the Alpilles near saint-rémy. On our way to the hike we walked past an airfield that carries gliders up, up, up and releases them into the wind. It was really cool to see this little plane shuttling these gliders into the sky and then coming back down and reloading. it sparked up some great stories of planes crashing into cars while camping in Poland... and all the aviation experience in our group of friends. i think that's what may have led us into the trivia war that lasted a good portion of the hike. i feel smarter now that i know how long it takes for us to see light given off by the sun.... any guesses?????
glider being pulled:glider gliding:
the weather was gorgeous and we had baguette sandwiches and pain au chocolat in our packs. what more could you ask for??? the hike was stunning. these massive rocks jutting into the sky made one understand why this part of France is so famous for it's climbing.

some fauna:these boys try to climb everything they see...it's our last night all together and we did some amazing grilling. plus nano had brought some tortellini con prosciutto with panna (cream)... absolutely delicious! so that was a light meal... hehe. the region was full of these awesome heirloom tomatoes that i became kind of obsessed with... here's Diane and i "making art".
after a hitting up a local winery and purchasing some exquisite vin, a little pétanque and apperitif we nestled in for dinner and a**hole.


last day in st-rémy we hit up the town and hung out...
it was hard to say goodbye to all my lovely friends. but we did. because you have to. and you can only hope that it's not too long before you see them again and are surrounded by people you luuurve....
bye bye saint-rémy. thanks julien for organizing everything. and thanks to d for finding us a room in aix--- we owe you one ;-)

3 comments:

Judi said...

Emelie that was the best travel log I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing it with me. I felt like I was there with you guys, but not, luckily for you! I'm so glad my kids enjoy the house and the area with their friends and am happy you all had a fun weekend. And I hope to see you soon. Big hug to you and Pepe.

Judi

emeliehealy said...

Judi... the thanks goes to you! really it was so awesome and so great to see julien and the gang! what a gorgous place you have!!

hope to see you soon too... big hug back at you!
Em

Anonymous said...

I think this is my first comment on any blog. How about that! Em, the pictures are really cool, and it was great to see you and the crew. And I would like to make an official announcement: you were the best petanque partner I had all weekend. See you soon, love you,
Julien