Donna-Lane and I have adventurous spirits. Yes, we regularly head for predetermined destinations and scheduled events. But just as often, we throw away Plan A and wander off on Plan B, C, or Z with no agenda nor timetable.
Almost always, we discover wonderful things we might never have experienced otherwise.
Today, after a little chocolate and wine tasting and an excellent leg of lamb lunch in the village of Maury, we opted for an alternate route back. Barbara and Don were willing.
I didn't realize that what I joked would be "the scenic route" turned out to offer spectacular views of jagged mountains, rock-on-rock formations, constantly twisting roads, an ancient Roman viaduct, tiny villages tucked into the hillsides, rippling mountain streams at the bottom of the steep valleys, and finally a breathtaking panorama stretching from the dominating mountain of the region, Canigou, to eerie limestone formations, to familiar mountains (including the watchtower-topped Massane) cascading down to the shore of the Med.
We skipped - for now - other places I want to go back and see when we have more time: a Cathar fortress and a couple of gorges which I understand are quite spectacular.
Work can wait. Sleep can be caught up. Go ahead and explore the world around you. You may be surprised how interesting it can be.