Location : my bed, skyping with a homunculus
Weather : well, it finally rained again
|this was not painted|
This morning I woke up at the perfect time. I was so pleased.
Marie-Anne and I went to a different Carrefour to get some groceries. I had all kind of fun picking out things I wanted to eat. Things like cereals, and ooh! I found some peanut butter! I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow morning! And I picked out some soya yogurt for dessert. I had some after supper and it was simply scrumptious! The trip to the grocery store was a very good one. I missed grocery shopping.
|Gorgeously old balconies|
|Marie-Anne buying olives.|
check out the olives and
This market was spectacular. They had everything you could imagine. But let me give you a little bit of the ambiance too. Marie-Anne and I walk into the market area, which is of course outdoors and simply takes over the main street of Gardanne. We walk by the fruit and vegetables, lots of lettuce and egg plant, onions and potatoes. Nothing too out of the ordinary, just simple farmers selling their good. Then of course you see the many cheese stands, full rounds of cheese, of course with the stereotypical slice cut out of them. There are the chickens on the rotisseries, just a sizzling away and the men with their stinky fish. The weirdest thing I find it that the red meat they have just laying (well, in coolers of course, just without packaging). Like really, do they have health regulations here? Oh, and I have to mention the tables and tables of olives and spices and sauces, and of course a huge array of preserves. I had so much fun picking out couple kinds of olives for our lunch. We continue for another block or so, still in the food section, then we get to the clothes section. I guess it was more than a clothes section, although you could find any kind of clothing there, women’s men’s, children’s, accessories from wallets and purses to scarves and belts, and hats of all kinds. There was absolutely everything there from umbrellas to children’s toys to make up and toiletries. This place was better stocked than Carrefour and had better prices. To put the cherry on top, this place was open on a Sunday morning (well, it’s only open on Sundays).
|an old styled city|
On to Gardanne. Gardanne is a very unique city. Lots of people actually like it more than Aix. It has much for entertainment and attractions, although I don’t know what they are. This is a mining town. There is a mine almost right in the town. They mine for aluminum and maybe iron. All the dust from the mine covers the town and turns everything red. Everything from the buildings to the benches to the flower pots to the sidewalks. All I see is red, red, red. It is actually really pretty. You can tell where the older buildings are because they are redder.
the stop sign is not in french.
|Everything is turned red|
Then I went for a very long two hour walk. Actually, the walk itself did not seem very long. Just walked to Narnia and a little farther down a road I had never been then back.
|never grows old|
So I noticed something. There are a lot of planes that fly over. These planes are of all kinds. If I was big into planes, I would be in plane watcher heaven. Sadly I am not big into planes and I can not tell you all the different kinds of planes that fly over my head. They sure make a racket though.
|The Specials' building...|
While walking, I came across a house, I think/hope it was a house, that looked exactly the same as I imagined the buildings for the Specials to be in the Uglies book. If you haven’t read the books, then you just won’t understand. I was so creeped out by this building. I got this really negative vibe from it that I just knew that bad things happen in this building. I hope I never find myself in this building. Ever.
I made it back to the house, thankfully. And proceeded to make some colourful pencil crayon drawings to lighten my mood and decorate a lucky person’s letter.
We also took down the Christmas tree. It took next to no time in comparison the time it takes my family to take off each of our ornaments, put them in each of our boxes, in the right compartment and check it off on the list. I kind of feel like we made Christmas too complicated. I also put away the Nativity scene and wound up the tree lights. It was not very exciting, in case you were wondering.
|these trees are actually pretty big|
Supper time came and went. We had the most delicious lime-chicken with ginger on rice ever! For dessert we had a gallette, which is also known a French King’s Cake. This cake has a little figurine hidden in it and who ever bites into it is the lucky king, and might need dental work.
As you can tell from my end time, I had a very good Skype session again today. I really enjoyed watching Carol, Adrienne and Jessica eat their cookies. It was great to sit at your dinner table.
Good morning y’all.