I always want to look forward to something. Sometimes I don’t know what. Do I just want something to be a little fanatical about? As a kid we have so much to look forward to. A birthday, a coastal low and the thick lines of water being thrown onto the reefs around my home, the first day of summer, the next Christmas, a sense of waiting, a little like desire, something to belong to. Sometimes, now I am an adult, those things have mostly dried up. For a while now I’ve been thinking of new ways, new things, I can be fanatical about. I’ve changed my mind so much, what is it I’m looking for? Is it as simple as something to belong to? I think this trip will be the answer. It will move me beyond looking forward to the next Tim Winton novel or the next album from the growing list of bands that I am in love with.
I want to walk around Paris and get lost. I want to drive alone a country road and take photos of sunsets. I want to sip red wine before midday. I want to wet my feet in the Bay of Biscay and then stand in the Mediterranean. I don’t want to understand other peoples conversation on the train. I want to buy a book from Shakespeare and Co. I want to have lunch in the Luxemburg gardens.
Shae and I fly to Hong Kong then Paris on 27th June. We will be staying in Paris until the 4th June. Disneyland (I know! I am not a theme park person as all. I did try to hide the fact that EuroDisney is near Paris), across to London to met Nora, a balloon ride over Paris. Walking the streets.
From Paris we drive south and end up about 40 minutes outside Bordeaux, in a little village surrounded by forest, called Douzillac. From Douzillac (http://www.marronk.com/) we drive to Toulouse and spend the night, it just happens the Tour De France arrives in Toulouse on that day! From Sunday July 13th to Sunday 19th we will stay in the little town of Villeneuve – Minervois. This place looks beautiful, stunningly simple. (http://www.hermes.net.au/villeneuve/) The cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne and Perpignan will be our targets, as well as every quiet corner we can find. Our last four days are back in Paris…But we will be driving up to Ameins, Formelles and Iper, doing little tours of the major Australian sites from WWI (Shae is yawning at that plan…)
It is just 27 days away. Have a look at the websites, let me know what you think…
Any hints on what to see, what to do? Anything I shouldn’t miss?