. Truffles or Turnips!...and history of course
Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
30Trip End Aug 11, 2011
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I have been hoping for an entree into talking about communal gardens but think maybe they are significant enough to talk about them in their own right
It has been incredible that you can become complacent about the age of some of the buildings that we have and are seeing. Today some of the walls and structures were 4th century, so things built in the 12 century seem somewhat common! Maybe that is what has happened in America, trillions are now just a reality. I find it hard to conceptualise how these structures were built 2000 years ago with no machinery, no roads, no cranes etc and I find the concept of trillions of dollars too difficult when I am struggling with day to day exchange rates in euros, crowns and dollars
Over to you Pete……..
I have the difficult part……to talk about touristy type things and food.
Yesterday we had a laid back day. We drove to Narbonne the city we picked our car up on last Saturday, visited the medieval centre (1 klm by 700 metres), the smallest of any city we have visited but a good size at this stage of the holiday. After checking the antique buildings, having a coffee on the square and watching the shops close their doors for siesta we headed off to Bages for lunch (pronounced Barrrrge) about 10 klms from Narbonne on a large lake situated up on a hill looking down on the lake. We parked down below and walked up the hill to dine at the Portanel Restaurant with fantastic views over the lake. We arrived at 1.30 pm and asked the waiter for a table for two (une table pour deux). His first response was to look at his watch (we later saw on the menu the opening time for lunch was 12 to 1.30….. but there were plenty of people still there). His second response was to give us the second worst table………still pretty good
Second course was fish with vegetables (probably from the local communal vegie patch) with a creamy (what else) sauce seasoned lightly with a curry….just subtle enough to be …………well French.
Dessert was a berry tort with ice-cream……….pastry was very French and the berry part tasty as ………
All of this was accompanied by a glass of the best French white (included in the cost)………..we lashed out and had a second…..as you do.
Today we had our first bacon and egg breakfast since Prague (cooked by chef DM from Chez DM) and headed to Carcassonne
Apparently Carcassonne is the second most visited attraction in Europe and I know why.
We lunched at Adelaide Restaurant (within the city walls) and settled for a Salmon Salad (drizzled of course with the mandatory French dressing) a beer for me and a coke for DM and headed home. We walked the best part of 10 klms today. The feet feel every bit of it tonight but it was worth it.
Oh……..dinner tonight……DM extravaganza……pork chops from the local Bouchier (out comes the large leg of pork from which he “chops” off two “chops” wraps them and sends you on your way with a “äu revoir et merci beaucoup”) cooked on the bar b que by me (yes there is one here) with French vegetables a la DM cooked in the French style of course.
To finish, we want to leave you with this thought – it is ok to start life as a truffle or a shiitake mushroom but think about the poor turnip (or the Brussell Sprout Ben) ………but – it is how you finish, not how you start that is important. Go conquer! Love D-M and Pete
PS just because Federic has created such interest we thought we would include a photo of the front door with the handle, taken last night at 6.30 pm. He does return the handle!