A New Life Lesson
It was as perfect of a day as I can imagine! We got up early to a bright, sunny day after many days of both gray and rain. We drove to the city of Serignan where there is a great contemporary art museum. The show featured a French artist Martha has been following and I’ll let her comment more on his very intriguing work!
When we left the show, it was 1:00 p.m. so we walked into the village and had lunch at a popular local restaurant (I mean really local guys!) and had a delicious modified paiella (sp?), crème brulle and coffee!
On the way home, Martha suggested we visit the Cathedral of St. Pierre de Maguelone, which is a Romanesque cathedral situated on the tip of a spit of land outside the town of Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. Evidently this was once a Roman sea port that Charles Martel was ordered to destroy to keep it out of the hands of Muslims coming from the West. The cathedral was destroyed and later rebuilt.
We found the town and directions to the cathedral. But crossing a footbridge there was a sign that said that it closed at 5:00 p.m. (and it was 4:30 p.m. when we saw the sign!) So we walked really fast and arrived at the cathedral at 4:50 p.m. But the sign on the cathedral said it was open till 6:00 p.m. So we relaxed and enjoyed wandering this well-restored church.
As we got back to the footbridge…it was not there! The bridge had been opened for boat traffic promptly at 5:00 p.m. till the next day. We were stuck on the wrong side with a 5 km hike (maybe) back to the car. But then we saw a wonderfully ragged man (reminded me of Lennis who lives on the boat off of Butterfly Beach) who was rowing stranded walkers across the canal to the other side.
He freely offered to row us. He was German and spent the winter there on his ramshackled old boat. The year before he was off of Malta. He was happy to help us out and I had to give him some Euros as thanks.
But the lesson of the day? Read the signs completely…and carefully!