Miramas le Vieux, 13140 Miramas
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first afternoon in Provence, biking around Miramas-le-Vieux
My first day in the South of France, I spent the June afternoon on a borrowed bike, coursing through olive trees around hilltop villages... Although Provence is just a few hours' train-ride south of Paris, when you step off the TGV, you encounter the unmistakable sensation of arriving in a different world. The luminous air, dry and fragrant with herbs, ringing with the surround-sound of cicadas--you can't help but agree with the cliché--it really IS like being inside a Van Gogh painting... After pedaling uphill to the cluster of honey-colored-stone buildings, ahh, the promise of a cold bière-pression in the shade of a café-terrasse...
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