Our this year spring break was like quoting famous movies.
First of all when arriving at our destination, a small village at the french Cévennes, we were positively surprised about the charm of the place itself and our accommodation. Taking a first stroll through the streets in a – still chilly – mistral, which accompanied us for a couple of days, we felt like ended up in the leftover movie set of “Chocolat”. It totally had the atmosphere of the film.
Brouzet-Les-Alès on a quite saturday evening. Not one person on the street. Not even Johnny Depp, although the name of the only bar/restaurant was kind of suspicious – and our second quote.
But our third quote was the most exiting of all. Remember the movie “A Good Year” starring Russel Crowe as a broker who inherits a Provençal Chateau? Kind of a running gag in the movie is that everybody who stays overnight for the first time has a scary morning moment, finding scorpions in his bedroom. We’ve been in South of France several times and had seen occasionally a snake, but never ever a scorpion. Until now. As I grabbed my laptop bag a tiny scorpion was sitting on it which in the first place I accidentally took for an odd spider. But having a closer look, it wasn’t. I catched it with a glass and forced it to make a photo session before I released it outside.
The little guy was probably quite upset about my rude behaviour because a few days later we found a bigger one on the way to our bedroom. Kind of like he had sent his bigger brother for payback. We catched that one, too, and put it outside. Nevertheless, scorpions in South France aren’t very dangerous. They hardly get bigger than 10 cm and their sting is no more toxic than from a bee. So guys in movies totally overreact. Russel Crowe, a Drama Queen…