Today was the last of three in the ancient city of Vaison-La-Romaine in the Provence Region. We have toured and tasted our way through many vine vineyards and caves and I can say I finally know the difference between a Penoit Noir and a Burgundy. I can almost smell and taste the subtle notes of fruits and spices. But after 4 or 5 “tastes” my tongue is numb and my nose can’t distinguish between anything other than all the wine begins to smell the same. At least all the reds do. What I have learned, and can now tell with a single taste, is the difference between gassy water and flat water, mineral water and spring water. I am now a bottled water connoisseur. Tomorrow we leave this exquisitely beautiful area and drive further south to the city of Marseille where we spend our last day before returning home. I am looking forward to spending time in the old waterfront area of Marseille as this is where my book begins.

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