Wednesday, 9 January 2013
La Guarde Adhémar
Another place Simon took us was to a village called La Guarde Adhémar.
You may or may not recall the Adhémar family from Grignan a couple of weeks ago.
I haven't done as much research about the history of this place,
but basically it seems to be about the large herb garden, which we explored.
Simon said it was also famous for the decorative street signs.
I don't know if this is actually a claim to fame, but I found myself unable to resist capturing every one I saw.
I still think they'd make great note cards.
I was also fascinated by the objects that various restaurants seemed to use for decor, like a huge bird cage - could it be called an aviary? -
with metal and ceramic birds in.
I liked the humour.
Also, old milk bottle carriers and even an old metal dish rack seemed to have been given a new purpose.
Have a very rusty old bike?
If you have an attractive stone wall covered with vine, this can be its new role in life.
The herb garden probably wasn't at its all time best, it looked a bit neglected,
but it was still pretty interesting.
The views over the valley were brilliant; saw a high speed train in the distance and a loop of the Rhône; who doesn't love the romance of trains and rivers?
It wasn't until we were leaving that Simon told me the sign said not to touch the plants. Oops, too late. I didn't pick anything, I just wanted to get the scents on my hands. I'm probably lucky I didn't break out into a rash or something.
Of course there were many different types of lavender plant, also some 'grand woodworm' AKA as absinthe.
I was intrigued by several types of sage. Some smelled heavenly, others stunk.
We had a good wander round, then headed back to Simon's village to find another restaurant for dinner.