Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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On our drive back from Orange we stopped at a wine growing region centered by the small town of Gigondas. TM was interested in stopping here because he gets the newsletter from the Kermit Lynch Wine Shop in Berkeley. Kermit blends wine from the grapes of this area and talks of the area glowingly in his newsletter. Since we were in the neighborhood, it seemed like it would be worth a view…and it was. Structured on a slant and anchored by the 11th century Saint Catherine’s Church,we walked to the top where there is a botanical garden amongst the ruins of a castle and its ramparts that was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. We walked back down the hill through the church grounds where there is a collection of modern art (closed on Tuesdays when we were there). We could only see the part out side that looked like giant Legos. An interesting juxtaposition. This town is well-maintained and prosperous and 75% of its inhabitants derive income from the wine industry. Here is our view:

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