On an average day, about 2 people or so pass by in our street in Mirabel-aux-Baronnies. On 15 August this number grew tremendously: at least 75 people, some with dogs (I know, because the visiting dogs caught the attention of the neighbouring resident dogs), strolled up or down the 50 metres of narrow path. Now why?? The yearly Village Fête, of course: day-long festivities with flea market stands all over the village, wine tasting, band music, food stalls and more wine tasting.
Our neighbour tried to sell her very nice santons (traditional Provençal figures for Christmas cribs, see photo above), but there was no interest at all in those. Old, possibly scratched, LP albums fared better, and I saw a lady happily trying on one of those hippie sheepskin vests that were popular in the 60s, in spite of the doubtful state of cleanliness of said vest.
The ferocious fire stopped just a couple of metres, yes, a few metres, from Seillons-Source d’Argens, a peaceful village in Provence. I passed two weeks after the flames had licked its outskirts and you could still smell the smoke.
However, life went on as usual and their little wine cooperative was open. They make one of my favourite rosés (which has been awarded with a prestigious medal, as you can perhaps see in the photo), and this was the reason for my visit to the area. My acquisitions gave me the right to some lottery tickets, and I won – after some cheating from the very friendly sales lady, I admit – a pair of sunglasses, colour pink, of course. By the way, the sales lady had to look up which grapes went into which wine, but when it came to recommending food and wine pairings, her equal is yet to be found.
From downtown Antibes, take bus 10. After 10-15 minutes get off at the stop F. Léger in Biot. Don’t forget to say Merci, Au Revoir to the driver as you leave the bus (the locals all do). Then walk for about 3 minutes and you will find a lovely little museum, in a park, with works by Fernand Léger, including mosaics and stained-glass windows. If you plan on having lunch there, make sure you go to the little outdoor bar early as they may run out of sandwiches!
Then go back to the bus stop to take the bus all the way up to the village itself and find for instance this door that just sits high up on a wall and take a stroll before getting on the number 10 bus towards the coast again. And may I remind you to say Merci, Au revoir to the driver when you get off.