Monday, July 6, 2009
The Land of Cezanne
Winding west from Marseille, "Allons, enfants," rides the peloton today, with no end to the heat. This part of France was first the domain of the ancient Greeks and then the Romans, and so vines and olive trees have probably grown here and been used to make life easier for humanity since there was any agriculture at all. Pale white stone ruins crown the hills, and terra cotta tile roofs give the hilltop towns a charm you may recognize from the paintings of Ce'zanne.
Today, try yet another light and fruity rose' so lovely in the summery heat, some Coteaux d'Aix en Provence. Pair it with a typical bacalao dish made with aoli, Brandade de Morue.
Tomorrow the Team Time Trial returns to the Tour for the first time in 4 years, so expect some fireworks from Astana, and from Team Columbia. It's bound to be a beautiful stage, so don't miss it.