Day 2 - May 26th 2009
26.05.2009 - 26.05.2009 26 °C
Regional beauty. It was so nice to be in a place that wasn’t so concerned with the who’s who. Avignon was far more humble and understated yet had all the charm of any place we had previously visited. Cobble stone lined the roads and foot paths, cafes at every turn and plenty of little stores selling local produce and antiques. The slower pace really made for a day of relaxed exploration. We pottered around sticking our heads in the little stores and eventually made our way to the tourist sites. A walk through the main garden along the river felt natural and at no stage did we introduce the uncomfortable pressured feeling of having to see everything in our guide books.
Dinner. The restaurants here had a real authentic feel and we picked a great one tucked away in the backstreets off the beaten path. Three courses of culinary delight. A shrimp ravioli and a wild mushroom dish for entrée. A heart stopping serve of Pig’s trotter for Vic (she may well have put back on all the weight she had just lost) and a delectable piece of lamb shank for me made up the main courses. Dessert consisted of the customary Crème Brulee and a strawberry tart with Marscapone. The wine was good and the ambiance so very complimentary. We’ll need to work hard to burn this meal off.
Drag. Forgot to mention that while we were eating, a 7-foot giant Transexual entered with his partner who must have been a mere 5 foot weighing in at 45Kg. Vicki won’t let me write what I REALLY want to say.
Gabi (Vic's Mum). If ever there was a place we thought Gabi would feel at home then this was it. She would have had to sell Phillippe (The Champion Household Labrador) in order to afford the freight on all the antiques she would have purchased. This place really reminded us of her which may have been why we enjoyed it so much.