We had a great day yesterday--our friend Lesley picked us up about 11 and drove us into the Médoc to ogle the chateaux. At several of the vineyards, we could see workers getting organized to begin harvesting the heavy purple tumbles of fruit that decorated the rows of green. . . We stopped at a ginguette by the Garonne for lunch in warm September sunshine, and then had the added treat of watching paddle-boarders ride the tidal bore -- the equinox high tide pushed heavily silted water far down the estuary and along the river almost down to Bordeaux. Impressive, although it had almost petered out by the time it reached Macau, our vantage point, Still, it was fun to cluster on the bank with the French families who had gathered to watch their paddlers, our presence at just the right time for this natural phenomenon pure Serendipity.
We got home at 6, happy to have picked up the makings of dinner at market in the morning. Luckily, Paul had energy to put it together and carry it over to the couch where I was watching Candice Renoir on Netflix, because Saturday's 60-kilometre ride to La Sauve had definitely caught up with me. Caught up with me and smacked me around a bit, judging by the sudden and obliterating fatigue. I enjoyed our countryside drive with Lesley so much that I must have kept pushing the exhaustion back into its box, but Boom! It will no longer ignored.
So today's an easy day here, a catch-up day (did you read Lisa's lovely post Saturday. She's all caught up for now, what a feeling!). A slowing right down to zero day.
But I have some photos I've been saving up, ones I took when I had a solo morning of window-shopping last week. I loved meandering on my own, but I did rather wish for someone to ooh and ah with, especially when I found a cluster of children's wear stores. The French do children's wear so beautifully, and, of course, they do magical window displays as well. Put those two together and there's something exponential that happens to the cuteness.
Here, I'll show you what I mean:
Eiffel Towers and party dresses at Tartine et Chocolate
And back-to-school at Petit Bateau
And these wonderful Window Art windows at Catimini
THat little dog, right?!
Even the very cool L'Ile Bleu with its super-expensive skater shoes and very chill pants and wonderful street-skater-casual-cool sweaters, even they had a corner of their window for the cutest baby gear in an aesthetic to match the moms and dads who ride their skateboards alongside the stroller-pushing or baby-wearing parent. ...
And they're not the only shop window sporting leopard spots for little ones' shoes. Bon Ton (below) has some on offer as well....
And theses sophisticated colour mixes for the grade-school set...
And oh, oh, the pretty. . .
I'm keeping that carry-on-only policy of mine firmly in mind, as immunization against coming home with bags of budget-busting delight that will be outgrown before blinking, but it's been such fun to have company as I ooh and ah. I hope you enjoyed as well.