Ballooning and a great dinner
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Before leaving the US, weâ€™d made arrangements with â€śLuberon MontgolfiĂ¨resâ€ť for the six of us to take a balloon ride on Monday and, as instructed, Iâ€™d called Sunday night to confirm and get instructions for time and place. When we did that, we were told we were to meet at a place we could actually see from our villa. Later than night, however, we got a call asking whether Tuesday would work instead. Our plans being flexible, we had no objection and we were told to call on Monday to again get details. On Monday night we were told that the weather forecast dictated a change in plans and we were to meet in a park near Lâ€™Isle sur la Sorgue. Certainly not quite as convenient and I was disappointed that weâ€™d not see our villa from the air but, again, no big deal.
I spent Monday night worried that Iâ€™d not feel well enough for the balloon flight but awoke feeling fine.
Lin and I had done this twice before; first in Scottsdale and then in Albuquerque. The first time the basket held about 7 people. The second was a tiny one holding only Lin, the pilot and me. This basket was at the other end of the spectrum; 20 passengers plus pilot! The ride took about 35 minutes, then it was back in the vans to Champagne and cookies.
Back at the villa, I was still not at 100% so took a nap for a bit.
Because we could not attend his party in September, Karl had made dinner reservations at Le Vivier in Lâ€™Isle sur la Sorgue to celebrate his birthday. As would be expected in a Michelin-rated restaurant, it was great. Sadly for me, I was still not feeling at all well, and, in fact, had to walk outside for air several times. All the others said the food was great and, from what little I could eat, I would agree. The good news was that, since I had drunk so little wine, we had a build-in designated driver! Gisela and Karl were to leave in the morning so we bid them farewell with many thanks for coming so far to see us. Fortunately, weâ€™ll see them again soon as they will be spending Christmas in our home.