Tuesday 6th September 2011 Weather:-19 degrees/cloudy
Yesterday we had a lazy day pottering around Peter’s Place. The only journey into the outside world was to revisit the local Hospital to pay our bill which we assumed would be quite high considering the different test that they did on me. France does not have a reciprocal agreement with Australia regarding Health Services, which incidentally Australia does have with Italy. To our amazement the bill for all the tests that I had (including administering 2 potassium capsules) came to Au$116.15. They look after their tourists well around here—I suppose they do not want us to go and infect the local population so better to give everyone with symptoms a good going over before we spread ‘the plaque around’. Peter tells us that he is going to get a disinfection bomb to let of in the Gite as soon as we leave!!!
Today after a nice talk on Skype to Margaret and Michael in Banora Point we ventured out for lunch to a little restaurant in La Roche-sur-Yon(in the style of ‘Pie in the Sky’). Peter has been raving about it and as it was something different we decided to go. The theme of the little place is that they cook all their dishes in individual little terracotta pots—do not ask me what I ate because our French is non existant, Peter is a lot better but he is not fluent either—I only know that the first course was snails, (not the ones in their shells with garlic) but all three courses were delicious and none of it was tripe Re:- our experience in Mont-St-Michel 2 trips ago.
A visit to a couple of little villages on the way home resulted in passing??? Peter’s local boulangerie (Baker Shop) where our biggest problem was “which ones should we take home”. Decisions made we took our bounty home for a late afternoon tea and now it is ‘siesta time’
This break at Peter’s place has come at a fortunate time in this itinerary for us because it has given us the chance to pick up our bundle and carry on, the way we were feeling our energy levels were low, not in a good state to give tourism a fair go. We have one day left here and then it will be “Bientot” (see you soon) Peter and “Ole” Sarlat la Caneda.