..... the New Year began with a spectacular, sunny and warm day. We had spent the previous day strolling through the markets at some of our favorite towns, beginning with Pernes les Fontaines and then onto Isle sur la Sorgue, where the Antiques market was going on.
We made our way to the Antiques vendors, through the bright and festive streets of Isle sur la Sorgue completely involved in what the French describe as Lecher les Vitrines, window shopping ... but literally translated: licking the windows.
They were all beautifully decorated from the Insurance Office to the Toy Shop - everyone was involved in the season. Music was piped throughout the whole town creating an inviting and happy atmosphere.
|One of our favorites for a Cafe au Lait - the Cafe de France in Isle sur la Sorgue|
The sun sets at around 5pm in Provence at this time of year... we decided to to go to the Chapel of St. Roch, where Pere Pierre our neighbor was saying Mass at 6pm. The little Chapel was light and warm, with a small Nativity in one corner. It's always nice to attend Mass locally and see many of our neighbors - services in Sablet are usually on Saturday evenings. In the Summer, they are at the Church of Nazaire, next door to Maison des Pelerins, but during the Winter, they are held in the Chapel of St. Roch.
|The Chapel of St Roch - built by the grateful Sabletains, after the Plague of 1721 ravaged the area, |
but left Sablet untouched
|A bright, sunny New Year's Day - the Cafe des Sports decorated for the holiday season|
Our friend had said that she would love the large screen TV, so we laid out the cards and listened intently. Lots of prizes were called and the depending on where the winner was we would hear cheers or "Oh's" sounding more like a downcast "uuhh."
The next prize announced was the digital camera ... we talked and covered numbers as it went along. Before I knew it, Gerard, my husband had only one number to go for the camera ... and the next number was... yes! ... he won the Camera, one of the two top prizes. That was a nice way to start the New Year ... but that's not where it ends. More games went on accompanied by "uuhhs", until it was time for the TV. As the numbers were called our friend (who wanted the TV), filled up her card and now she had only one number to go. After three more calls, yes! She won! Can you believe it? Our table won both of the top prizes. Now... that's the way to start the New Year!
I definitely like this 2012 trend .... and wish all our readers the same.
Here's a comment and pictures from one of our "les Pelerins" guests who has shared his wonderful photography with us before - thanks so much Dave we always enjoy seeing your beautiful pics!
Chere Marianne: I just read your 2012 blog page and noted the picture of the toy store in L'Ile. Here is mine from Vaison.
I also think this picture of Sablet shows Maison des Pelerins. I think Maison is the long house below the church steeple with the kitchen window with its blue shutters to the right, the dining room window (likewise), and the two upstairs bedroom windows visible.
Rgds, Dave Condeff
You are absolutely correct Dave - that is Maison with the blue shutters - from left to right, they are the two bedroom windows, the dining room window and the kitchen window. Love the views from them!