Two art exhibitions, a Michelin-starred meal, an open air show and a long-lost friend – it won’t make a movie title but it proved a busy first week of our holiday. Hugh Grant isn’t on call for the screen adaptation of our week, but our return to Castillonnès has certainly been fun.
Within 45 minutes of arriving in the small Lot-et-Garonne town, we had unpacked and were off to the vernissage of our Uruguayan friend Armando Bergallo. L’infini is the title of his latest show. Huge paintings hung around the studio at his home in Lalandusse, a few kilometres away.
The place was packed – and he impressed the journalist who had come from the Sud-Ouest, who gave him a very favourable write-up.
On Tuesday, we went to the vernissage of another friend, Jenny Webb. She is exhibiting for a week in the Salle de Carbonnier in Castillonnès. She asked me and Damon if we would mind working the bar for the evening. We were happy to oblige – after all, that’s the best place to meet everyone.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week was bumping into an old friend, Liz, in the market. We haven’t seen her for years. Somehow we had lost touch over time, but we were ambling down the Grand’ Rue when we heard English voices behind us. We turned and there stood Liz.
We held up passers-by as we caught up with each other – and swapped contact details. We arranged to meet again later in the week at the night market in nearby Issigeac. Pictured are the three of us as we soaked up the atmosphere – and a glass or two of the local Bergerac sec – in the town square.
“We were ambling down the Grand’ Rue when we heard English voices behind us. We turned and there stood Liz”
It’s funny to think we have travelled 860 kilometres to rediscover a friend from back home.
In short, the week has been rather packed. We did try a day of sitting around doing very little. It was relaxing but I’m not planning to repeat it anytime soon. Give me busy every time.