Monday, November 28, 2016

No UFO's in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

According to both The Local and The Telegraph,
the little Medieval town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Vaucluse dept of Provence
 is upholding the 62 year ban on flying saucers, and/or flying cigars. 

In 1954, after a man reported having seen two beings 
who looked like deep sea divers embarking from a cigar-shaped space ship,
 then Mayor Lucien Jeune declared the ban,
"Any aircraft known as flying saucer, or flying cigar, 
which should land on the territory of the community
will be immediately held in custody." 

And current Mayor Claude Avril is
"not going to touch the ban."
More known for its wines at the time, 
the ban's publicity brought journalists and the public alike
who probably also enjoyed the wine. 

Having spent a little time in Chateauneuf-du-Pape 
the summer before last while spending two weeks in Provence, 
I can attest to both the fine wine and the charm of the hillside town. 
Aliens need not apply!


This election season has bowled me over
and I'm still trying to find my equilibrium...
so I'll take whatever I can get. 
Hope you're finding what you need to get through. 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen) 


  1. Beautiful new header and what a neat town to visit. Love the UFO lore. I have had to turn off the news.

    1. Thanks Donna. And I know what you mean. I go back and forth between trying to catch up with the news and wishing I hadn't. Have a great holiday season!

  2. I'm with you on still trying to find equalibrium after the election -- what a good way to describe it. Today on Giving Tuesday I donated to a bunch of organizations whose funding I know will be threatened (if they get any at all), along with others that support human/civil rights and fight against hate crimes. And it makes me sad to do this because these are in jeopardy or so needed, as opposed to doing it just because I believe in them.

    Your post is a wonderful antidote and the story makes me smile. I'm thinking perhaps the original spotter of the aliens had already had a bit too much of the Chateauneuf du Pape!

    Have a lovely week!

    1. Thanks for coming by, Jeanie! Publicity stunt or too much wine... we'll never know. But more power to 'em! Happy Holidays to you. And good for you for giving where it will be needed.


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