France, part 1
I am planning on posting about France in several parts as I do not have the ability to sit here linking photos and blathering on for hours at a time. I get bored and frustrated when a post gets to long. (Oh, on side note…I cannot tell you how relieved I am to be typing on an English language keyboard.)
Caux is a little town in the south of France. It’s population is about 2500 according to Wikipedia (I’m pretty sure that’s close). The village used to be a fort as you can see in one of the photos. French cities are so different from American cities. The town centers are packed together buildings with winding stairs leading to open courtyards, crooked halls leading to a front door or nowhere and buildings that belie the interior lives. The buildings are so closed that it looks as if no one lives in the town until someone appears from nowhere or a window may be open two floors above the street. I really don’t know how to describe it. It was so beautiful. I have to say tha it was a little creepy in that with everything always closed and the streets so twisty and little enclaves so hidden, that I felt someone could jump out at any time! Of course, i wouldn’t happen…it was just eerie and I was out of my comfort zone.
The center of town loosens into free-standing structures as you move out-of-town toward Becca’s house. The houses are fairly close, much like the area where I live. The have small lots that they use to maximum advantage. Most yards had at least a couple of fig, nut or olive trees; many had swimming pools; and many herb or vegetable gardens. All houses also have shoulder-high walls around them. The architecture is very Mediterranean as they are just 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. The houses are stuccoed with clay tile roofs in washed out colors that are usually of a warm tone. The place is so safe that the kids can walk the 5 minutes into town together…without needing an adult.
I have to say the overall impression I got of the town was that of a fairy tale. It was so quite, relaxed, peaceful. I really liked it and would recommend the area to anyone.