Le Bar Sur Loup
We are in the South of France on business for the month of October, staying in an adorable cottage on the outskirts of Le Bar Sur Loup. This village overlooks the Loup (wolf) River and is located up in the mountains about twenty minutes from Cannes. We were greeted Thursday morning with clear, sunny skies and the deep, azure blue of the Mediterranean. Thus far the weather has been magnificent – cooling down to the mid-fifties at night and in the mid-seventies during the day.
Adjacent to our cottage is an orchard with apple trees ready to be harvested and olive trees in the process of ripening. Right outside our front door is an olive tree with nicoise olives, just starting to ripen. We talked to the people who own this cottage just down the hill from their home, and they told us that they harvest the olives in November to December, taking them to the local fabricant (manufacturer) who presses and bottles the oil for them. The seeds are processed using part to sprinkle over bread and the remainder is fed to livestock. I mentioned that I hoped to try an olive that had ripened before we leave and they said the newly picked olives taste like soap! They have to soak in a salty brine for a month before they are edible.
The roads here are narrow and wind up the mountain with lots of round-abouts and hairpin turns. We rented a mid-sized car thinking it would be better for our luggage and when we needed to take others with us. This was not a good decision considering the roads. Probably a Smart Car might have been a better choice and strap the luggage on top!
Thus far, we have spent a few hours in each Cannes and Monaco. Here, the ladies dress in “chic casual”. There are a lot of jeans but all smart looking, pressed and some sort of designer label. Their hair and make-up are impeccable and the tops range from blazers to smart casual tops. The foulard (scarf) is seen everywhere. These are like the Pashmina that we have worn for several years but not necessarily in cashmere. They can be doubled, secured around the neck by bringing the ends through the center fold to make a scarf, or draped around the neck, letting one end fall toward the front and the other over the shoulder. If the temperature drops, it changes into a stole wrapped around the shoulders.
With only three days here, we have much more to experience. To be continued next week.