Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Grapevine Surprise!

One day during our holidays in France The Professor and I went on a short jolly to St. Paul-de-Vence, a lovely, traditional, Provencal village. We walked all over the place (as all the other tourists) and eventually sat down on a bench to have an icecream in the afternoon sunshine.

As we were sitting there enjoying the icecream and people watching, The Professor noted:

"There is a grapevine growing out of the wall"

I couldn't quite believe it, so I walked over to check, and yes
- it sure looked like the vine was coming out of the wall.

Always loving a mystery, I quickly went in to the wine shop and met a very friendly German lady who showed me that yes, indeed, the vine was growing through the wall!
She explained that there had once been a barn or stable where there was now a shop and since the vine is considered a gift from God, you must never cut it down so they had to build the wall to fit the vine.

She had recently started this shop and since the vine was carrying fruit for the first time in over 10 years, she hoped this was a good omen for the future of the shop.


  1. Herlig historie!!

    Krysser fingrene for at det var et godt omen for butikken hennes :)

    Nyt sensommerdagene..

    Klem fra Tove

  2. Morsom observasjon!! Du skriver slik at vi kan leve oss in i situasjonen!! AnneK:-)

  3. Nice story! Thanks for sharing it ... Maybe I should be less enthusiastic about cutting back the vines around here ... hmmm?!