Writing this blog has been good for me in all sorts of unexpected ways one of which is that instead of frittering away our Sundays we go out together and explore and because there's all sorts of interesting places on our doorstep that we haven't yet seen we don't even need to travel far.
Take Tourrettes sur Loup for example. In all the times I've driven through I've never taken five minutes to stop and have a look.
I didn't take to it which may have been because of the weather, of course: overcast though not cold. These towns are made for sunshine.
There was much to admire as we followed a signposted tour through lots of winding medieval streets past picturesque buildings, all lovingly restored, and everywhere was beautifully clean. There were young couples, old couples, families all following the same path as us and we all approved the restoration and the cleanliness and we all popped into the same art galleries...And oh my, so many of them...And stopped at the same view points but it was...Sterile, rather like a museum piece.
It's just come to me....It's a smaller, less crowded St Paul de Vence And the thing that bugged me most was that we couldn't find anywhere in the old part of town to sit outside and have coffee. This is probably why I'm feeling disgruntled.
I'm pleased to have seen it, though, and I'll go again in the Spring to see the violet festival when it's reputed to be at its best. I like to be fair.