|The holiday's work|
Our friends enjoy the same things we do, a little bit of exploring, a lot of food and drink and otherwise a chill out. We always take a few cases of wine with us and come back with a few others! There was a bit of golf at two local courses:
Provence Country Club - Good course, tight, green a little under par but great fun, we played with two such members and had a good time.
Golf Grand Avignon - A good course, more open with some testing holes and a bit of water. Only let down by a four ball in front of us not letting us (a two ball) through.
I would recommend both, definitely need to book to play in August and to get an early tee time. Wine-wise we went to Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a nose around. Other than seeing some bottles of Henri Bonneau literally roasting on the shelf in one shop it was good to get a feel for the place, I wish we'd had more time there. We had a good tasting at a shop called "The Best Vintage - Caveau D.Brunel" with Daniele Brunel and picked up a few bits.
|Tasting at "Best Vintage"|
The following evening we managed a trip to some rugby, something that I have tried to make a bit of a tradition. We don't always manage it but with the French season starting early, mid August, and the fact we tend to holiday in Rugby-country we have manage to take in a game or two. Aurillac vs Albi last year and Dax vs Castres a few year back. This time we went up a notch. Having noticed there was a friendly between two of the European powerhouses - Toulon and Clermont - we got tickets and drove down there. The three stands that were open were packed and the atmosphere was lively, Toulon ran out easy-ish winners. It was a warm evening and with the stadium - Stade Mayol - within a stones throw of the sea - it's a great place.
|The Boy enjoying the action in Toulon|
There was one other estate that we did drop in on that has vines in both Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas but has their cave down nearer L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and that was Domaine Tourbillon. An impressive set up that clearly has its sights set high. We picked up a few bottles here.
I think we'll do the same area next year, possibly looking to base ourselves nearer to Saint Remy de Provence which seemed a lovely town. I would though recommend a visit to L'Isle sur La Sorgue - it's very pretty.
A cracking holiday…too long to wait for next year!
|A couple of cracking Whiskies along the way!|
|Not much smoking this year but this was amongst the best!|