Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel l'Univers

Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today at 11:00 am I had my appointment with the parents of one of the owners of House #2. They were running a little late because there was actually snow up where they live, and it slowed the drive. It was drizzling here in VdR.

They had called to let me know about the delay, so I went over to the Thursday Market to take a look (I had planned on going after the appointment already). I took a couple of pictures and browsed a little, and before I knew it they called to let me know they had arrived.

They were very nice and did a great job of showing me around. The house is lovely, and the owners had completely renovated it. I especially loved the fireplace. I loved their British accents too. :) The house was well done, but the biggest drawback was that it only had two bedrooms (we wanted three), and it came furnished.

While the IDEA of it coming furnished is nice, it just wasn't the style I wanted. The furniture was sort of Southwestern, made of Mexican pine. We wanted a house in France to LOOK like a house in France, not like we're back in Southern California or anywhere near here. :b

However, I wanted DH to see it, so I made another appointment with them for Saturday when he would be here. He and I had talked that perhaps we could ask them to sell it unfurnished. Also, there is an attic that we would have to see if we could convert into another bedroom. To see the house go to:

The couple mentioned that they were going to the Thursday Market also. I headed over to the square after seeing the house. They stayed behind to lock up, but I did see them in the square later. Even though it was raining, the market was bustling with people. The tables were full of vegetables, flowers, baskets, paella in the biggest pan I've ever seen, and all sorts of things.

I was hungry for lunch, so I had one of the vendors make me a local goodie called "Brik Aubrac." It's made with spinach, egg yolks, almonds, sesame seeds, Laguiole cheese, salt, pepper and a few other things. It was quite good. A lot of people were buying them cold and taking them home to heat up there. The Brik guy was nice and spoke English.

After that, I walked around eating my Brik and checking out the town. It was all very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. This definitely seemed like the right village, but could we find the right house?

DH's flight left Los Angeles today. He will arrive tomorrow. Then I will get his take on everything...

For dinner I found a cute little Italian restaurant called La Gabelle. I had a large plate of Spaghetti
Carbonara for €5.30 and a glass of red wine for €0.70 ...dinner for €6!!!! What a find!
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