|The new-look Place Paul Simon with its water flow from the fountain to the circular pool below.|
This year, they have modified Place Paul Simon. The image of Federation Square in Melbourne keeps springing to mind - even though this is nothing like it. I think it is because they removed all the beautiful, mature, shady trees that filled the space (and buckled the surface of the square).
We arrived here at the start of a canicule or heatwave. Today it will reach 35'C and that will soar progressively each day, to top 40'C-plus on Monday. Difficult to cope with after leaving on a sparkling, frosty, but sunny morning.
We need those shady trees!
|Looking up Rue de l'Horloge towards the clocktower.|
There is a mini-amphitheatre with semi-circular seating (again harking back to Federation Square) for outdoor concerts, and the three restaurants in the square are well placed to share the entertainment. And there are only temporary parking places outside the boulangerie, so it has removed the constant negotiation with cars that used to happen as you crossed the square.
I still miss the trees.
|Overlooking the town from the Place du Chateau.|
|Getting into the swing of things at the Thursday market in the town centre.|
|The flower stand.|
|Every variety of delicious, vine-ripened tomato is snapped up early.|
And no, we are no longer prepared to accept doggie poops on the street.
|Impasse de l'Horloge and not 'Impasse de la Merde'.|