An exciting day it was! We left Aix on our way to Languedoc, stopping en route in Arles, the city that inspired Van Gogh. We were met by a charming-and experienced- tour guide for a very illuminating walking tour of this beautiful city with Roman and medieval influences. She ended our tour at our lunch stop, but this was anything but a mundane lunch: the 1 star Michelin Le Cilantro, run by the dynamic duo of Jerome and Laurence Laurent. The restaurant is actually in the building where Jerome was born. Everyone was ranting and raving about the exquisite lunch. I also found out that Jerome did a two year stint in my home town of New Haven at a fine French restaurant.
On our way to our new home in La Grande Motte, a suburb of Montpellier, we passed throught the Camargue, France’s version of cowboy western area, also known for its bulls and flamingos and rice. And vin de sable: sand wine, cultivated in sandy beach soil. We stopped for a tasting and at last settled into our hotel. Everyone has a direct beach view room and they’re loving it