Monday, 23 September 2019
Aurberge de L'arc en Ceil served up an excellent but expensive dinner
We shared the dining room with a British cylist who was cycling to Geneva. He had nothing booked apart from a cheap flight home . The accommodation was more than he would not normally pay and I would have wanted something more substantial than his bowl of soup and a side of fries. Lyn and had 3 courses.
After a good night's sleep we meet him again and as he was preparing to depart. Whilst he set off to cycle 100 ,-150 miles we drove the 15 miles to St Omer First stop was a supermarket for wine and French treats.Then after a trip to Lidl we selected a restaurant for lunch. We thought it was on the outskirts of Saint Omer but turned out to be in the centre. We had several restaurants to choose from and eventually selected a 3 course menu at for 15.90 . It was very popular and we were fortunate to get a table. The food was OK but done to a price.
We had plenty of time to drive to Le Shuttle terminal so avoided the peage. We arrived an hour
before we were at scheduled to depart to find our Shuttle was delayed by 20 miles minutes. In practice this turned out to be 35 minutes.
Plenty of time to plan the next holiday.
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Saturday's meal was very good. We sat at Jacky's kitchen table with a British couple and Iranian couple. The Iranian man had come to France over 38 years ago as a political refugee. After nibbles of speciality bread we were served a starter of fig and goose liver tart. Jacky told us to eat it and he would then tell us what was in it.
The main course was chicken with cepes mushrooms, pasta and a cream sauce. Jacky had picked the mushrooms from local wood ,dried them for storage and then rehydsted then before cooking them. He picked over 15 kg last year. The main course was cooked the whilst we sat in the kitchen.
After a cheese course of a selection of local cheese we were served an Apple Normandy tart made to his mother's secret receipt.
We had breakfast at 8:00. Jacky told that one reviewer had described it as the worst breakfast they had ever had in France! He would let us judge.The table was filled with selection of fruit, yogurts. apple compot . granola, crossionts, a large brioche , pancakes . cheeses. homemade jams, freshly toasted bread , dried fruit and a selection of fruit juices. The only disappointing think about the breakfast was the weather. It was dark clouds when we commenced eating and starting to rain by the time we had finished. We had hoped to do a bike ride but decided to drive towards tonight's accommodation instead and see if the weather improved. We stopped first in Saint Pierre des Nids about 4 km away to get some bread from the Boulangerie where Jacky had bought the bread for last nights meal. " Not the Boulangerie by the church" . Kate would have taken us on the peage to Rouen but we opted for slower but more scenic main road instead. The saving on the toll was spent on a coffee and cake on route. The rain was set in despite the occasional glimpse of blue sky. We had lunch in a rest area just past Rouen and opted to sit in the car slthought a few brave souls did brave the outside seating area. We then continued straight to tonight's accommodation The Aurerge de Parc en Ceil arriving just after 16:00 where we have reserved a table for dinner. Cagoules we worn for the first time this holiday as we unpacked the car in the rain
Saturday, 21 September 2019
A long drive to Champfremont.
Google had the drive at around 5.5 hours , Via Michelin was longer and Kate estimated it at around 6 hours. We left just after 10 and arrived at 17:45. A journey of 7 hours 45 minutes with stops. We took the minor roads to Angouleme before we joined the A10. We stopped in a small village for an quiche and a loaf of bread lunch which we had at a rest area off the A10. The drive was uneventful and the roads not to busy. A long section of the route was a Peage but it was the most direct and quickest route and worth the 26 euros. We arrived at La Grange O Belle and enjoyed a pot of English tea with Jacky our host sat outside.We are eating at the B&B tonight and looking forward to our dinner.
One of the veterans had left early so we shared the breakfast table with the two other veterans. their wife's and another couple. We declined having any meat and were served homemade yoghurt, home made bread and jam and a home made spiced Dutch fruit loaf. As the forecast was going to be good we decided to cycle on the voie vert to the centre of Perigueux. The voie vert started 7km from the B&B but once we had climbed the track to the main road it was 6 km down hill that would have to be climbed in the heat of the day. Having descended the hill we diverted into St Astier before going the velo vert. It had only recently been completed and its route was not on a Google maps. It was 13miles to Perigueux. The majority of the route was on a dedicated tracks but did include some sections on shared roads. Some sections ran alongside the river and others were by the canal.
We went round the outskirts of Perigueux before going up to the old part of the city by the cathedral. We located a vegetarian resturant we would go back to later for lunch but first we explored the old part of the city. Perigueux were holding a 3 day cattle fair and we arrived go see the prize bull being displayed. It was then back to the vegetarian resturant for and excellent 3 course lunch. Good value at 16.5 euros. After lunch it was a slow ride back along the velo vert in the heat of the day. It was over 30 degrees as we climbed the 6km up the final hill to the B&B. Josie was not cooking on Friday evening so we decided on a pizza from the pizzeria in the local village. We sat outside to eat and returned to the B&B to finish a bottle of red wine we had opened earlier in the holiday.