11 August, 2008

just checking in...

Hello from Pont du Gard in southern France! We're camping next to the Gard river. I'm devouring French chocolates and German literature in copious amounts. (So far dark chocolate with sesame and Erich Remarque top my list!)

This weekend M and I lounged around topless in the dappled shade of an ancient tree while the boys caught frogs who all seemed to be named either Bob or Speedy.

S and B spent an inordinate amount of time yesterday paddling upstream in an inflatable boat. (Which meant, of course that I then spent an inordinate amount of time rescuing them from the groping tentacles of river algae.)

Today we explored Nimes, which is a lovely city! There's an extremely well-preserved amphitheater which saw its share of gladiator fights back in the day. I also really enjoyed the Jardin de la Fontaine with its Roman baths and Temple de Diane. (I'm composing this via M's Blackberry, otherwise I would include Wikipedia links, because it was really awe inspiring!)

Today I dined on cheeseless pizza and coffee with rice milk. Blech. (And to think that up until now you were probably feeling jealous!? ;-) Just thought I'd throw that note in there to even out the playing field...)

It's raining cats and dogs (and loaves and fishes) right now. Have I mentioned how grateful I am not to be sleeping in a tent on a leaky air mattrass?!

I hope the summer is treating you all well! A bientot!


anno said...

Sounds like paradise. Except for the rain, of course. Cheeseless pizza, I kind of like... Glad to hear all is well. I'm off to do a virtual tour of Nimes, since that's as close as I am likely to get this year! Hope the rest of your vacation is just as idyllic.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I have wonderful memories of Nimes, but I can't think when I might have been there. Odd...

It sounds like a wonderful vacation, except for the rice milk.

Enjoy, and good to hear from you!

Oh, and if you do any more Disko Partizani dancing with M, make sure you aren't doing a rain dance.

Greg said...

Rice milk? Wouldn't that properly be "rice juice" in that rice isn't a mammal and is, therefore, sans mammary glands? :)

Betsy said...

You're right, Greg, udders never factored into this equation. If they had then it might be more palatable with my occasional cup of coffee!

Other than that no complaints!

Goofball said...

aaah but you are in an appartment sized caravan so you are safe agaist the rain!

The Pont du Gard region reminds me of some tooth trouble I underwent there. ouch. But so much fun as well! Beautiful spot