To Market for a “Fish Fry”

Thursday, 18 June, 2015

The original plan was for the group to ride bikes into the town for the market. However, several of us are not keen to cycle. Therefore, 5 of the group walk in; 4 decide to stay back at the Chateau and the rest of us pile into the van, one from yesterday. We make our way into town and find the main provenders for tonight’s “fish fry” – Doug and French translator Mouse. We also find JV.

In Alencon

In Alencon

JV and an amazing white asparagus stand

JV and an amazing white asparagus stand

We did not take many photos of the market but it was quite nice. We stopped at a bar for a coffee and were joined by others. A local started talking with us and eventually pointed Michael and Di to a liquor shop that had a large collection of Scotches.

After returning to the farm, we headed out the full group to a pretty little town Saint Ceneri le Gerei, the sign said the prettiest town in all of France. On the way, we stopped at a deli to pick up a range of baguettes, I selected a hot piece of pizza instead.

Arriving in Saint Ceneri le Gerei

Arriving in Saint Ceneri le Gerei

We go to a church at the top of the town

We go to a church at the top of the town

Overlooking the village from the church

Overlooking the village from the church

Another part of the village

Another part of the village

JV with the village below

JV with the village below

The Troops and their Baguettes

The Troops and their Baguettes

It is raining a bit so we head down into the village to a pub there.

To the Pub

To the Pub

Our Host and co-driver Charles Henri

Our Host and co-driver Charles Henri

The Group minus Doug

The Group minus Doug

The Bridge and River with some troops on it

The Bridge and River with some troops on it

Half of the group head off early with Charles Henri to go to a local Stud Farm. We make our way back to the Chateau with significant driving around in circles before we find it, for the second time today.
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Later we meet for drinks before dinner on the patio.

Drinks on the patio

Drinks on the patio

We had a Sauvingnon Blanc that was way too fruity so we only went through one bottle. Then it was time for the seafood dinner.

Ceviche with Yoghurt sauce and Sampfire

Ceviche with Yoghurt sauce and Sampfire

There is a much nicer white served with the first two courses.

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Scallop with White Asparagus and Black Pudding

Scallop with White Asparagus and Black Pudding

An unusual wine that was a straight Cabernet Franc.

An unusual wine that was a straight Cabernet Franc.

Colin said it was his favourite wine on the trip. I could not go that far but it was pretty good.

Confit of Salmon. Ah, Douglas - you have done it again!

Confit of Salmon. Ah, Douglas – you have done it again!

A break before dessert

A break before dessert

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Cheese - a delightful Camembert

Cheese – a delightful Camembert

A delightful meal from Douglas and a good day.

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