Thursday, October 6, 2011
Today we had lunch with our hosts Max and Regine. They did an orientation type meeting (that dragged on and on) and then we walked down to the Cheval Blanc to eat. (Did you notice that we had our first orientation at Cheval Noir, and this one at Cheval Blanc? I did.) There were 8 additional people here, most of them already having been on an untours vacation. It was nice to chat in English for a while. I am doing pretty good with French but it takes a lot of mental energy on my part. Funny aside: we actually had 13 people for lunch but Regine is very superstitious, and she is good friends with the owner, so he sar down to eat with us so we would be 14. Nice small town friendship.
After lunch we went to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. It is similar to some of the other village we went to in Alsace, but this one was surrounded by houses, apartments and businesses, so it was a bit decieving. The town is surrounded by water and there are quite a few paddle wheels throughout. We just did a quick tour as we will come back on Sunday for their big outside market.
We went home to nap before venturing out for dinner. Which we did. We went into our town, Pernes-les-Fontaines and found a great small restaurant, Dame L'Oie. I had foie gras as a starter with a Provencal stew for dinner and delicious creme brûlée for dessert. Yum. EDIT: This was really one of our only big dinners out for the entire trip. Which felt fine as we were there, but in hindsight is a bit disappointing we didn't take better advantage of the delicious dining delights of France. C'est la vie.
Then we tried to roughly plan out our next few days. Tomorrow we are off to the Pont Du Gard. Not sure exactly what that is, but supposedly it is amazing and like one of the seven wonders of the world type thing. I know, ignorance is bliss sometimes. Other times, it is just ignorance.