Sunday, September 21, 2014
21.09.2014 - 22.09.2014
A relaxed start to the day since we had been forced to the eleven o’clock Mass. Fortunately we left very early for parking because when we got to the church in Mollégès, we had the same sign we’d seen last night at Eygalières, that Mass would be in St. Andiol at 10:30. We ran for the car and drove madly up to St. Andiol where we blessedly found a parking place. We walked toward the church and started to hear singing so followed our ears. We were met by a very confused and somewhat irate elderly French lady who had been to the church and it was empty. I remembered something about the château and it was right beside the church so we invited her along. Sure enough, the Mass had started and was set up in the château courtyard. The irate lady looked at it, stood there a while and then left. There were seven priests, a band, a donkey and bowls of fruits and vegetables. There were also no seats left so we stood in back. This may have been what discouraged the grumpy lady.
As it turned out, this was their “Messe de rentrèe de L’Unitè Pastorale,” possibly part of Patrimony Days and certainly part harvest festival. One of the priests left the altar and brought me a chair and my sprained ankle and I were most grateful. Ed thought the priest might have remembered me from last Sunday in Mollégès when my ankle had just been sprained. We never did discover why the donkey was there but he was cute and well-behaved. For bringing up of gifts, the children of various villages carried up the harvest and one tiny fellow carefully shepherded a candle in the breeze. It was a thoroughly charming experience, one of those things that you simply can’t plan; they just happen.
Afterward we drove south through St. Remy to Villa Glanum where we parked and went in for lunch. It was shaded and lovely and they had several menu choices but we decided to order from the carte and only have two courses. Ed got a Provençal cod with ratatouille and I got a marvelous magret de canard, tender and cooked to perfection. For dessert Ed got a vanilla custard with caramel sauce and I got the moelleaux au chocolat in a burnt sugar sauce. Fabulous! The restaurant cat was also very cute although she did cadge food, a big no-no at home. [Villa Glanum, 46 ave. Van Gogh 13210 St. Remy-de-Provence; tel: +33 (0)4 9092-0359; fax: +33 (0)4 9092-0008; e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.villaglanum.com/index-anglais.htm]
After lunch we moved the car next door to the Glanum Archeological Site and walked across the road to Glanum. Both parking and the visit were free today. (Patrimony Days) Since our last visit, they’ve added a welcome center and gift shop and made the site much more easily accessible. We walked through all of it and stopped at the small café for drinks before driving home. From a foggy morning to a gorgeous day . . . http://www.site-glanum.fr/en/
Claude stopped by with clean bed linen and that is lovely. Next week is our last week . . . so sad.