Six Days In Provence

Jan Leeming

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Date: 14th July 2011


Just had a short holiday with very old friends who live mostly in Paris but also have a lovely home down in Provence. Actually Alleins is the village where my ex and I had a holiday home and I love it dearly. Just wish I could have a place there again. When we bought in 1987 the village had 800 inhabitants. The young didn’t want the old town houses, preferring to move out to the modern developments. In the intervening years the trend has reversed and Alleins now boasts a population of over 2,000 - many being young professionals who probably commute to work at neighbouring Salon. In fact, my friends told me there’s one English person who commutes to the UK during the week and returns to Provence at weekends - what a lovely option although I’m not sure I’d welcome all the travelling - perhaps I’m just getting older!

I chose to go down to Provence by train - more and more I loathe all the hassle at airports. Took the Eurostar from Ashford to Lille and the TGV to Avignon where I was met. It was hassle free and gave me four hours of uninterrupted time to do some work on notes for my Mouchotte project.

The Mistral was blowing but it was warm enough to take dinner on one of two terraces. Owen and Mireille had two other friends staying with them and they spoke virtually no English so I had a real immersion course in listening to and having to speak French. At the end of my short holiday I was told me French had improved 70% - mind you that’s not saying much but at least I’ve progressed from saying everything in the present tense and a few idiomatic phrases have been added to my vocabulary.

This is a view from my bedroom window onto the Roman remains in Alleins.


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