We are in Saignon, in Provence, for the eleventh time in eleven years. This is our journal and photo album.
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All photos Copyright by James T. Weekes 2001-2015
On our last night in Saignon this trip, it was the 12th of July. France annually celebrates Bastille Day on the 14th, but this year the French team had a real shot in the World Cup and the final was on the 14th. So the towns and villages moved the celebration to the Saturday before. Saignon has a paella dinner, served in their municipal parking lot. With wonderful paella, cheap, plentiful and delicious Rose wine, beer and pastis. After the feast, and it was a feast, there was a pair of DJs and dancing under the stars. It was almost too much fun, What a way to leave Saignon!
Laura, a former waitress at Maison Solveig who has moved on to a better job. She came back for this.
Our little party of four at the table. Mary got ahold of my camera a lot that night.
Austin, Mary, Frederic and Betty
Our first of many dances.
A quick tango with Laura.
The Twist never left.
A bit later after Mary pushed a few buttons on the camera.
Dancing is hard work......but fun,
Doing the chicken dance. I shot enough French Canadian weddings in Vermont to even know the steps.
This was on a foggy morning after the 4th of July party (see below). Mary had promised to show us her wedding dress. She appeared out of the fog in it. I don't think that she wore Crocs at her wedding.
We were in Saignon for the fourth of July this year. Our friend Mary Chaix and her husband Frederic, invited us to a 4th of July party. Mary is from Chicago originally. Her brother is in Germany, working in computer IT. He is a retired Marine Colonel and still has access to the PX. He drove down to Saignon with a Volvo full of the best meat America can supply. We had steaks, ribs....oh the ribs..., hamburger, German beer. The meat was all cooked by Mary, a master chef, trained at Culinary Institut,e of America, on a Weber grill. How American was that?! And, as you can see by the top picture, there was a fireworks display over dessert.