Of course, the wine again. A beautiful rose' from 2008 from a village near Nimes.
Salad Nicoise is not new to use. In the picture below, you see me in 2005 in the village of Vaison la Romaine after a day at the market. We were seated on the balcony of a restaurant. The salad nicoise that day was huge and it was our total lunch. Beyond that wall is the river with a visual monument to the war dead.
Vaison la Romaine, in the area of Provence, is a beautiful city filled with Roman ruins. With just a tiny bit of imagination, one can see Julius Caesar walking the streets, the traders selling their wares, and the people, the many Roman people doing their daily routines. We loved this city and would love to go back some day. Besides, the market with all the spices, fruits, grains, meats, vegetables and Provencal wares for sale is enough to make anyone want to go back. I found beautiful tablecloths and placemats from Provence that we love to use for our dinners with guests.