11:18PM | Violès | France
The morning is cool, clear, and sunny; light bounces from the shimmering olive trees. Began the morning with a trip to the local market for lettuce, fruit, sausage, olives, and a collection of cheeses.
We drive across the valley to Vaison-la-Romaine, a Roman era town set on the side of the river Ouvèze. After a lunch of foie gras salad and chicken in mustard cream sauce, we tour the Roman ruins — a remarkable collection of well preserved foundations and streets built over two millennia ago. As the afternoon sun intensifies, we grab some gelato (coconut and cassis) and head back to Violès.
Dinner in the courtyard of our little apartment — fresh baguette, tapenade, salad, Comté, Brie de Meaux, and Barolo. A digestif of Pastis, and makeshift birthday cake in chocolate pastries. Market and wine tasting tomorrow.