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Trip Report Another France trip

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After picking up our rental car, we had to Chatou for lunch at Fournaise. On the terrace, made famous by Renoir in his painting, The Luncheon, I had the house apertif, Alphonsine,
orange, Champagne and Grand Marnier. and wonderful food. We both had Copeaux de melon et jambon de pays and filet de canette roti aux petit legumes, accompanied with a bottle of Saumur Champigny. After a legthy chat at our table with the owner, a handsome Dutchman, we left for Beaune to spend the Night at a B&B called Home. Dinner was at the Grand Bleu.
The next morning we travel to St-Paul-de-Vence to stay for three days at the Columbe d'Or. Living for three days with all that art was a treat. Our lovely room had a huge balcony where we could watch the locals playing boules across the street. The highlight of that visit was our time spent at the Maeght Foundation. There was a Russian exhibit so who walks in but Boris Yeltsin (R.I.P.)and his wife. He allows me to take a few pictures of him
and salutes me when he leaves. A reporter from Nice Matin interviews him and photos are in the morning edition. On to Tourette-Sur-Loup.
We dined at the Auberge de Tourette and during the three days we visit Renoir's home/museum in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, the Matisse Chapel and Chagall in Nice as well as The Raymond Paynet, at the Humoriste museum. In Antibes we enjoy the Picasso museum.
Marseilles was our next destination to have bouillabaisse at the Chef Fonfon
nestled in a snug harbor. Finally we go for a week to our yearly stay at the auberge Provencal(no more, it is now a private home) We checked in and went across the street to Le Progress for a pastis and say hello to all the locals and staffwe know through the years
spent in Eygalieres. We were invited to a friend's home for dinner but before we left, a terrible deluge of rain hits, causing flooding. we had to remove our shoes to get to the car.
The next day was as if it never happened. incredible blue skies and no water.
This day we drive to Lourmarin for some shopping and onto Cucuron for lunch
at La Petite Maison and in the Evening we have a birthday celebration for my friend from Molleges She and her husband came to the auberge. Our host bought a birthday cake for me (he owns the hotel) to present after dinner.
Now a new day, a new trip to Seguret to visit our friends' son who is appenticing
at a vineyard, then lunch in the Camargue at La Telline where the house dog, Idee
removes my napkin after finishing my lunch. I ask the owner, John Paul why the dog only removed my napkin.He says they never know how many he will do. idee naps on the floor beside me.
Time has been going to fast. We fit in a quick trip to the flea market in Isle-Sur-La-Sorge, Lunch at the Le Carre D'Herbes in St Remy where the house cat jumps on my lap and takes a snooze. Our last lunch at the Bistro du Paradou (since that visit , Jean pierre has retired and a waiter/relative has taken over and the prices I hear have soared )
A good by to the staff at Le Progress and they send us a complimentary carafe of wine.i
We are now in the Haute Pyrenees near Tarbes spending a night at friend Sheila
of Scotland at their beautiful house. Nine of us go out to dinner in a nrearby town,
lots of wine, armagnac, good food and laughs and conversation. back at the house, more wine, laughs and conversation.
The Lot: we are spending the night in a lovely B&B in Cazels. it never fails to amaze me all the different confitures the country women make. Our hostess tomato vert and Blueberry was exceptional. She booked a dinner reservation for us at a resto she likes, La Cassole in Salviac.
We arrive the next day at our friends in Bonne. My favorite day there was when they brought us to La Vallee des Singes in Romagne. Never have I seen so many monkeys, all colors and sizes. We were given black zip bags to put our belongings in because the monkeys will steal anything they can. One cute little one dropd from an upper branch
trying to take my glasses, another has a tug of war with jerry, trying to take his bottle of Badoit.
Before we leave, we pay a visit to the heart breaking village of adour-Sur-Glane
and onto our last night in Normandy in the Eure with friends at their B&B.
They join us for dinner with food,wine, pastis we bought in Vernonand sit outside by their little fish pond. This year they have put a screen across the littlepond because birds have eaten these expensive fish. Lots ofgoodby kisses, gifts of Josette's confiture.
We have lunch at CDG At Brasserie Jo and Now Back to Boston.

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