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26 April 2004 @ 10:39 am
At home in Provence  
I wrote this Saturday afternoon:

Forget it. I’m not going home, certainly not in only a month! With the better part of a week to wander, explore and merely relax in Aix, the more I love this place and the more attached I become to my home in Provence. This morning I slept in, then took a brief stroll to la Jardinère to buy vegetables for the 3€ stir-fry dinner I’m fixing this evening for those of us in town. On the short walk up the Rue d’Italie, I watched the tourists admiring St. Jean de Malte and listened to the violinist on the corner of the Cours Mirabeau play one of his usual repertoire. There, I found local Pink Lady apples in season and the last of the strawberry harvest looking still delicious in addition to my stir-fry stuff. After a second stop at the Petit Casino for the remaining ingredients, I dropped them at home and took my art journal to Book in Bar to get some work done somewhere other than cooped up in the apartment. I got two entries written (only two to go and it’s not due till Tuesday—wow!) and rewarded myself with a couple of books only to be told by the cashier that today is la fête de la librairie and that my purchase would be accompanied by a rose and to please choose one. I did a little reading in the sunshine in the Forum des Cardeurs, replied to Erin’s request to join in for dinner (of course!) and wandered back homeward. Along the way I did a bit of lèche-vitrine (window shopping, or licking, depending on your translator and their mastery of idiom :) ), saw that the Tintin shop at the end of the Cours was closed with the note in the window, “Ouvert lundi après midi. Aujourd’hui le patron se marie.” (Open Monday afternoon—today the owner is getting married) and then turned the corner to see a woman in a cow costume with a sign around her neck reading “Help me! I’m getting married!” laughing her way down the street with a gaggle of friends taking pictures of the strange scene. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why—but I had to laugh with them anyway.

And now my palm tree is basking in the sunshine with just a touch of breeze in its leaves, I’m sitting here at my computer overwhelmed by my strange desire to throw my arms around the sunshine, the girl in the cow costume, and this entire town…or at least figure out how to stay here forever with them.
 
 
Current Mood: overflowing joie de vivre
 
 
 
Qui Çaqui_ca on April 26th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I know exactly how that feels
When everything is just full of light and hope and joy! Enjoy your time there... I remember spring days like that when I wished it would never end. I'm so happy for you that you have that experience, and that you were able to get yourself so well acclimated and such in so short a time - it's a wonderful, wonderful feeling. :)
Kyleschmelf on April 26th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh yes, I know exactly how that feels
But that said, come back!