After four weeks of driving around to so many pretty little French villages, not to mention living in one, they are starting to all blend together in our minds. Arriving at a new village and seeing narrow streets with quaint shops and restaurants, fountains, and churches isn't as unique of an experience as it was at the start of the trip. So now when we decide to tour a new place, we are looking for something different that makes it memorable.
LoveHomeSwap website. They had requested a swap with us in September, which unfortunately we could not agree to since we had already used up our annual vacation budget on our 7 week France trip. Hearing that we would be staying so close to where they are summering, they invited us over for lunch, which we gladly accepted. We shared a very lovely meal with them out on their beautiful covered front porch, had great conversations while getting to know each other, and invited them to come visit us when they are in Toronto in September. This was such a wonderfully generous gesture that we plan to adopt with future home swap requests that we cannot accept. What a great way to make friends all around the world. So our visit to Aups was a very special and memorable occasion after all.
There was not much new to see in the town centre, other than a tiny museum dedicated to communal ovens from the 16th century, featuring a cheesy wax-figured family baking bread. Luckily there was also a temporary exhibit on World War I memorabilia which was quite interesting. In particular, the handwritten journals and drawings from servicemen, depicting their experiences during the war were quite both moving and fascinating.
Cotignac. We've done quite a bit of climbing in the various towns of the hilly Var region, so hopefully my thighs are getting stronger and I'm working off all the cheese and croissants that we've been eating.