Time has flown by, I have been staying in La Seyne for the last 7 weeks and it has sped past so fast! I am currently living with a lovely family who are spoiling me and taking extremely good care of me, so much so I would like to stay a lot longer! I am doing some renovations on their house, thus far doing a lot of grouting and plastering on exterior walls and interior walls.
The area around La Seyne is second to none! As I mentioned in the last post, the Verdon gorge and the Camarge, I have been back 3 times since then to enjoy the breath taking views and turquoise coloured water. The family I’m staying with have 2 twin sons that are my age, so we have been hanging out most Evey day going to the beach, wake boarding, camping, and enjoying the summer.
I am amazed by the small villages sprinkled around the countryside, they seem to be everywhere, and with such ancient history! The whole area has been inhabited for thousands of years which actually makes my brain box hurt if I think about it too much. On the weekend we were supposed to treck through the mountains but due to potential thunderstorms we decided to cancel. We went for short walk through the hills in a nearby town and saw some ancient relics from the times of the Gaul people (who the Asterix people are based on) who set these stone monuments up 2500 years ago! Thats pre Christ, pre Buddha I can’t even begin to imagine it. There was also the remains of an old chestnut tree that was dated as old as 5000 years old, that just bent my mind right up. Coming from New Zealand where the house I grew up in was over 100 years old and was considered an “old building” this place is ancient!
On August 15th, which was my sisters birthday (Happy birthday Rebekah) the weather, like clockwork, takes a turn towards winter. Things have begun to cool down here, the cool Mistral winds have started to blow once again reminding us that “winter is coming”. To be honest the first time I woke up here and felt cold, I almost felt like Mary Poppins feeling the need to fly away with the changing wind to somewhere warmer (unlike Miss Poppins to go sort out some unruley parents).
As I said earlier I absolutely love this area of France and don’t really want to think about leaving it for quite some time, how ever I think I should continue exploring the world and seeing new things eventually. But for now I hope to spend another month right where I am!
There is so much incredible street art around France that it is impossible to not admire some.
I also took another trip to Montpelier that glorious youthful, symmetrical city with my friend Nils and explored the lively night life there. It was an incredible time and when i was there, I got to meet up with a friend that I met at the Bamboo school in Thailand too!