Hotel Le Chardon Bleu
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... amp; shallots poured on top. I could have eaten a barrel of these! Now came the small fried smelts, delicious! Then the fish soup was served in a beautiful French white tureen. Accompanied with sliced baguettes that you smear with the garlic mustard & top with cheese & put them in the soup. The taste of the fish soup was mind bogglingly delicious, I kept eating to guess all the ingredients.
... Le Bouchon d'Agui. Patrick took me inside to look at the chef's kitchen & it was amazing how small it was & to see the beautiful dishes that come out of it. Chef Jean Michael (I hope I got his name right) was busy plating stuffed squid, which unfortunately sold out by the time we ordered.
Alaine, a friend of theirs, who is also a chef & has his own restaurant, joined us. Two of the chef's specials had already sold out, so Jackie ...
... Far more austere than other Provençal villages we had visited, Gordes is quite mysterious and maybe it is that intrigue has been the inspiration for many artists over the years.
Bonnieux was a quiet, undiscovered little village until British author Peter Mayle wrote A Year in Provence, influenced by, and while staying in Bonnieux.... Both the book, and, it would seem, the village, became best sellers, ...
... of wild herbs and the sounds of birds singing on this warm, blue-skied morning. The views down to the Loire were amazing.
Reaching the chateau, situated on a small hill (puy), I've got to say, I've seen prettier castles in France, but the history of the place gave me a buzz, knowing that its origins are, as yet, unknown. All we do know, is that man has lived here, it would seem, since time immemorial.
Continuing on, past the Château d'Essalois, ...
... many tourists.
To my son's chagrin, the overly French tour guide continued narrating the whole trip back as well.
He asked "Why do the French have to end everything they say with a question mark?" "The flowers are not in bloom because it is summertime, yes? We go back now to the ship, yes?"
And that French sterotype? Wrong, again. The people of the South of France are lovely.