The weekend of my birthday, my DB and I joined a small group of merry motorbike enthusiasts for a weekend in Mont Ventoux. He knew everyone, I knew one guy from a few years ago because he is also a keen cyclist and mountain biker, and my boys used to do mountain biking in his club. So that was nice - one familiar face (two with my DB...). As I said to my DB, Montpellier is a small world and it's no surprise bumping into someone I know since I've been here for 20 odd years.
|The group going across a lovely old bridge|
|I didn't take this drunk, the trees lean to the left - it's a windy place!|
Mont Ventoux is a couple of hours ride away from Montpellier. We took the back roads as the autoroute is no fun really despite being practical if you're in a hurry. We weren't, so I could sit back and enjoy the views. It was vendange time, so there was a lot of tractor/trailer activity and heady smells of fermenting grapes.
|This is a field of tomatoes on the floor|
|View with lunch time picnic|
|View from bedroom window and terrace|
Of course we all had dinner together and it reminded me of a party I'd been to when I first met my ex-h. He was still a medical student and fraternised solely with other medical students (and me). I arrived at the party with him, said 'Bon soir', sat through an evening of medical discussion and said 'Au revoir' at the end. I told him he could go to the next one without me.
The discussion around the dinner table that evening (as at lunch time) was, au choix: motorbikes, bicycles, mountain bikes, places visited on said bikes, problems experienced, competitions done, and sport (which I'm not interested in unless it's the Olympics). When I did open my mouth to say something, I annoyed my DB intensely (cos I was networking, lost my head, and mentioned my ex-h), and ruined the rest of our weekend!
I was already tepid at the idea of a group holiday mainly because I'm not a 'group holiday' type of person. I've had the experience of group holidays in the past (mostly when young) which were enough to put me off for life and I can't say I've really moved on since then! Unless they are family or my DB (et même...!), I like people in small doses. I don't like to feel obliged to interact with, or take into account the wishes of others over an extended period. Call me an antisocial old bat but I like my space and doing what I like when and how I like.
The good thing about motorbiking of course is that you're riding for most of the time. My DB and I don't even have one of those communicating mic systems because we like to ride in peace. If I have something to say I have to wait, or if it's important like I think he's going to miss the next turning, I indicate with my hand the direction to go in. Works fine for us and ensures lots of lovely peace and quiet, and no need to chat.
As we still weren't speaking to each other the following morning it was just as well!
Wow,what views! And I'm not talking about your pants...!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful scenery, weather looks gorgeous too.
I agree, we like family holidays, not keen on group hols.
The views were indeed stunning and the weather was lovely. It was a super day.Delete
Oh yes, group holidays are my idea of nightmare, thankfully husband feels the same. Mont Ventoux is on our list, he wants to do it on the bicycle, I'm not too sure!ReplyDelete
It's a long difficult climb but if you've been training and take your time you should make it. I'd wouldn't do it but I don't like cycling up hills... :)Delete
I remember the Mont Ventoux; way back when PF and I set up shack in the Hérault, we sat at the top of the Mont Ventoux, he took off his new glasses and put them down whilst he had a passionate, mushy kiss. Those were the days... His glasses are still up there somewhere, enjoying the view. Well done for holding out for so long in one-subject dinner conversation: you should have pulled on those lovely lame knickers and sung "Waterloo" from the middle of the table :-)ReplyDelete
I gave up on restaurant meals with PF for the same reason, except my bug bear is called science. I remember a painful evening listening to an ego on legs explaining how he was going to save the world with lobster antennae....
Oh I think I spotted his glasses... well someone had left some sunnies dangling on a barrier, wonder if he came back for them! :)Delete
It did get wearing I must say, the conversation, and no one was impressed when I said that my favourite VTT path was the flat one from Lattes to the sea. Oops... :D
Lovely places to visit....without a group in tow. Especially a speciality group....ReplyDelete
and that meal sounds foul.
It's a beautiful place indeed. The meal was definitely a disappointment, especially compared to what we saw others eating off the menu.Delete
I am like you, I never know what to say in a group and I end up embarrassing my family. I had to learn to shut up & listen. Easier said than done...ReplyDelete
Glad to know it's not just me! :)Delete
OOh la la on the undies. You are hilarious - so honest I love it! I need to have time away from a group and my own space otherwise I get very grumpy indeed. That hotel is stunning and the side leaning trees feel like my brain todayReplyDelete
Bet you wish you had a pair of undies like mine, eh, Jody? :)Delete
O you big tease! We all know there's a top to that. You know, I really should be very "diplomatic" in my response here, right? Otherwise.....well, let's just leave it at that.ReplyDelete
I do like the color.
Haha, sorry to disappoint you, DD, but there is no top. Is that better or worse? ;)Delete
Tough question. I'll get back to you....Delete
Lovely photos as usual but how did you stop yourself leaping onto the table, and flashing your gold under crackers as Jody says?! I so agree with you about space and peace and quiet. I'm writing this from Delhi, so not seeing a lot of any of those!ReplyDelete
Yeah, it was tempting, and had we been in Torremolinos on a hen bash...Delete