Food & Appliances

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Les Fleurines

Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today I got up really late...past 11:00 am. Yikes!

I got dressed and went out to find a place for lunch. Food was a major priority. I walked through the main square where the Thursday market was bustling. I had totally forgotten that it was market day. I walked through just to take it in, then went on my way. I eventually came across a restaurant called L'Ardoise. Right after I got there, it got really busy; every table was full, inside and outside. There was only one server, poor thing. She was running around like a mad woman.

I ordered the plat du jour which was grilled sausage. It was fantastic, probably the best I've ever had. It came with some sort of cabbage dish with mushrooms and bacon. The bread basket had the softest bread in it, so unlike the usual hard-as-rock-bread they usually bring out.

There were two dogs at the restaurant, one inside and one outside. Guess we will be able to take Pasha there! I love that about France--so many restaurants allow dogs.

It was grey when I got up, but now it was raining. Oops, left the umbrella in the room. Oh well. I walked back to the hotel and started to check email. Then I got a call from our agent. So I went to his office and we talked, I showed him pictures I had cut out of magazines, then he took me to But.

Since I was dying of thirst, we stopped at McDonald's first to get some Iced Tea. It's right across the street from But. But is a home store with appliances, furniture, etc. We looked at refrigerators and dryers. Vincent helped us and gave us lots of information. He was very knowledgeable.

I found out that I can't get an ice maker in a thin fridge, only in a full size American-type fridge. I'll just have to make ice the old-fashioned way--in ice trays, since we don't need, nor have the room for an American fridge.

Then we looked at dryers. We were trying to get information on how expensive it would be to run since electricity is so expensive here in France. I was pleasantly surprised by what they had. Every appliance is rated for how economical it is. It's amazing though, the difference between American and European appliances. The biggest difference is in size, but they seem to have some different technologies also.

We took a run around the rest of the store just to see what all they had. It's a pretty cool store, and I have a feeling I'll be a regular at some point.

We were going to go to Mr. Bricolage, but it was already 6:00 pm. So we saved that store for tomorrow. I came back to the hotel, had an almond bar for dinner, and will be going to bed soon.
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DH on

So what happend to Wednesday?

DH on

That is a great restaurant. Frederic hosted me and Philip there upon my arrival. A very nice plat du jour by the way.

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