Last Monday I tested my legs for the first time this season on Mont Ventoux: a small window of acceptable weather in an otherwise cold, windy, and rainy month of April. My new 11-32 gearing proved very useful for the final few kilometers, as fatigue was setting in....Read more
Yesterday I hiked the Nesque Gorge, doing some scouting before I lead a guided tour in a few weeks’ time. I had cycled the Nesque at least a dozen times but hadn't hiked to the base of the gorge in over ten years. A steep and rocky path -- somewhat hidden from view -- begins at the...Read more
Almond trees are the first trees to blossom in Provence. Sometime in the month of February, depending on the weather, the honey-sweet white blossoms appear – the whole tree seems to blossom at once – and brings with it the warmth, hope and excitement of spring. While the last...Read more
Truffles are in season!
The coveted black truffle – tuber Melanosporum – is found essentially in Provence, though it can also be found in the Périgord region in France, and also in parts of Italy and spain. Truffles are underground mushrooms (not...Read more
This is the seventh straight day that the cold Mistral wind has been blowing down the Rhône Valley. And when I say seven straight days, I mean every minute of every hour, for each one of those seven days. No respite. It hadn’t blown in Provence for a month or so, and now...Read more
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