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The end of my flight: parapente à Morzine

Day 231: Project 365. Cabins in Morzine! Geoff and I are in the alps for a few days of chilling, parapente, and climbing.

Day 231: Project 365. Cabins in Morzine! Geoff and I are in the alps for a few days of chilling, parapente, and climbing.

Dijon ! Sadly I failed at getting any photos of Safia… Raté.

Day 230: Project 365. Voici Jade at 3 years old! I stopped by Dijon for a soirée chez Safia and got to see everyone minus Tata Nadia who is in Algérie. It was a really lovely time!

Day 230: Project 365. Voici Jade at 3 years old! I stopped by Dijon for a soirée chez Safia and got to see everyone minus Tata Nadia who is in Algérie. It was a really lovely time!

Day 229: Project 365. A gorgeous cliffside at the end of Marseille.

Day 229: Project 365. A gorgeous cliffside at the end of Marseille.

Marseille @_layyy_

Marseille @_layyy_

Day 228: Project 365. A pretty (and poorly lit) courtyard in downtown Aix.

Day 228: Project 365. A pretty (and poorly lit) courtyard in downtown Aix.

Spotted in Aix: Dick railing art! Hilarious. Apparently these used to signal where the brothels were, in the olden days… I really hope the people who live there now appreciate the humor in their balconies :)!

Spotted in Aix: Dick railing art! Hilarious. Apparently these used to signal where the brothels were, in the olden days… I really hope the people who live there now appreciate the humor in their balconies :)!

Marseille with Layla and the fam

Sunshine in Bouc Bel Air

Sunshine in Bouc Bel Air

More of the Lambesc vineyards. Also, sun !!!

More of the Lambesc vineyards. Also, sun !!!

Lambesc photoset 2 of 2: Wine edition !

Lenaic works at the Château de Cavalon where he manages multiple aspects of the wine making. This includes duties ranging from tasting up to 100 wines a day (yes, he does spit, and no, he is not an alcoholic) and de-weeding their organic grape plants. He was nice enough to give me a tour and tasting and explain to me how some of the processes work!

They have two principal storage containers. The first are the giant tins that are the size of a Paris studio. These allow oxygen to enter and can thus produce gaseous wines. When they clear the wine, they end up having to push around the skin and blegh to get out the last bit of wine, leading to red muck everywhere and a really tiring afternoon. The tins can also be used for an “ancient” process where the fermentation happens inside the grapes (no smushing beforehand) at 35˚C (95˚F). They only do this for one type of grape, however, as it’s not a common practice and apparently a slight pain to run.

The barrels don’t allow oxygen to enter and thus produce less gaseous wines… sorry folk, I really don’t have the vocabulary to describe this. BUT at least I did learn that “fat” is a word used to describe wine. Ha! Awesome.

We tried 5 wines and I left with four bottles. We also drank some every night with dinner which was lovely!

Lastly, on my little walk around after my official tour (and lunch), I really appreciated the dryness and sun in the streets as it felt like California and it’s nice to feel like you’re home sometimes.

More Lambesc streets.

More Lambesc streets.

Lambesc has some quaint and colorful streets.

Lambesc has some quaint and colorful streets.

Lambesc Photoset 1 of 2: Family edition! (with a little street context)

I headed to Lambesc to visit my cousin Karima, her husband Lenaic and their 2 year old son Lucas. It was a really nice visit! I love kids and hot damn is Lucas adorable. He likes riding his moto, holding his “chien chien” (dog dog, his doodoo, his stuffed animal, or whatever we say in english), playing with railings, chairs, and cars, and saying merci like “err-ii”. It’s quite adorable.

Speaking of adorable, the town is really quite lovely ! I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the tiny streets and seeing all the colorful doors and old people. People were nice enough to wait for me to take a photo before turning! Madness !!!!

I checked out their market on Friday and boy was I happy that I did. I bought clothes, food, flowers, and some weird little knicknacks (love) at great prices. I can see why they like living there! Sure doesn’t hurt that Lenaic has a 2 minute commute by foot to work…

Wednesday Karima didn’t work so we spent the whole day together (with Lucas) which was great :) When she and Lenaic did work, I definitely enjoyed their sunny terrace for some nice tanning! God do I love being in the sun again… The south of France rocks.