Saturday, February 20, 2010
34 days until we leave on BA 0028 to Nice. Today, the weather in Renton is fantastic, 52 degrees and sunny (feels like 70). I washed the windows and tomorrow will mow the lawn for the second time this year. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, which seems very early this year. Tomorrow in Nice it will be 57 degrees and sunny also. I found a nice art guidebook on Vincent Van Gogh, just the perfect size to take along on the trip. Van Gogh spent many years painting in Provence, and although few of his paintings are on display in the area, the locations where he painted have changed little. We plan to visit Saint Remy de Provence (where he cut his ear and was confined to a mental hospital), and Arles on our way to Avignon. I suspect we may also sample some of the regions’ wines as we pass through, in particular, I am excited to try Chateauneuf du Pape, which is very expensive here, and probably also a lower quality, I have to remember we are driving in this area so the consumption of wine along the way will have to be judiciously imbibed.