Culture vulture

In Mirabel

Guitar player: Are there any foreigners here?

Voice 1: Yes! I’m from the UK!

Me: I’m from Sweden!

Voice 2: And we’re from Piégon!

Piégon? That’s the village just next door, a mere kilometer from Mirabel-aux-Baronnies. The exchange above took place at an aperitif concert (very nice!) with the semi-local band Bluesville (from San Francisco and Belgium, but reportedly with connections to Mirabel) in the new local art centre, X Inspirations. I’m very proud that there is an art centre in our tiny village.

In Rosans

Most exciting animal spotted on the way to Rosans, about an hour to the east of Mirabel: vulture. Yes, it is true. Vultures were reintroduced in this mountainous area, where the Alps make a timid start.

Number of inhabitants spotted in the medieval village centre (where the houses were clearly inhabited): zero.

Number of abandoned red fluorescent chairs seen: one.

There were interesting stairways, leading to heaven and to locked doors. There was an eerie metallic sound that could be heard all over the village. What it was I don’t know.

Number of tourists encountered: four. They were Spanish.

Number of abandoned cafés: one. Number of lively cafés: one.

Best artist in the village: Marion Richaume, ceramist, inspired by the tree of life. Her atelier is named after the moon.

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