Oh, we've been having such fun. Running ourselves a little ragged (okay, a lot), but it's worth it. We have been to places like Aix-en-Provence (and we're currently staying at a B&B outside of that town), Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Avignon, the Pont du Gard and other stops. And that's just the past day or so. Tomorrow, we head to Nice.
There will be photos to post eventually (but I can't do anything with them here, so please be patient if you want to see them). And Marc has been shooting tons of video, but that will takes a long time for him to edit after we're home. Besides, I doubt we'll try to make anyone sit through our trip videos. That's more for our enjoyment.
The main reason for this post is to share two things, First, someone should do a study of why French food is so fabulous. There are many reasons, but there's one area that I think deserves special focus: dairy products. Again and again, we encounter tastes that simply don't exist back home. In the case of dairy products, it's not just the fresh ingredients and excellent preparation. I think another factor is the availability of unpasteurized milk and milk products. In the US, all of our dairy products are pasteurized (unless you manage to go directly to a dairy farm that will sell it to you straight from the cow). I know it's meant as a public health measure, but the complete lack of real, raw milk and milk products seems to make a difference. At least that's my guess until I see an actual study.
Last night, we delighted in desserts that were delicious beyond measure. Marc ordered creme brulee, and I ordered profiteroles. We literally dubbed these the best of each item that we've ever encountered. I don't mean to diminish the work of the pastry chef at Bastide du Cours (in Aix), because he/she did an amazing job, but there's something about the taste of each dish that went beyond what seems to be possible back home, even when we eat at the very best restaurants in New York. I don't know how to explain it, but I think a big part of it goes right to the simplest part of each dish: the raw ingredients.
Okay, so the second thing I want to share is this: we've been to France before, and sure we've seen hot men here (there are hot men everywhere), but what is going on these days? I can't believe the number of breathtakingly gorgeous men walking around here. And not just in this town. Everywhere we've gone! As an added bonus, the dopey loose pants thing isn't in fashion here at all. Every one of these men was wearing pants that fit quite well and did wonders in showing off their fine butts! Yum!
Oh, while we're on the subject (and since I'm not on Facebook, where I might offend some delicate sensibilities), have I mentioned how great vacations are in general? It's like my husband almost goes into honeymoon mode! Yes, folks, fucking feels better than anything else I know, and that's just the truth! So the trip and the sights are great, but our repeatedly trying to get pregnant ain't so shabby either! Yes, we have fun at home, but the level of things just takes off as soon as we start our time away. So nice!
On that note, it's bedtime here. And eventually we may even get some sleep! ;) Goodnight, all! :)