We spent the morning getting acquainted with our house, finishing the unpacking and reading the history of the house (that will be a separate post). Once we were all up, Janis cooked bacon and scrambled eggs for a leisurely brunch.
Our plan was to find a Sunday market to buy veggies, fruits and cheeses - oh and Lucques olives. But since markets pack up their trucks by noon or 1 PM, we missed our window and figured we'd hit the grocery store again. WRONG!!!
In this region, grocery stores are not open on Sundays. We thought the big box grocerie stores would be open, but alas, no. Uh-oh. Internet to the rescue, we found a local bakery that is open till 8 pm. And when we get there, they have all sorts of good stuff. We bought a roasted chicken, a couple quiches, some pizza type tarts and croissants which we will freeze for tomorrow's breakfast. (Bakeries in France are open on Sundays, but closed on Mondays. This is important to know.)
Food in the frig, we decide to head out toward Vauchrétien which is the town listed as our address here in France.
Sleepy is an apt description for this cross-roads of a town with a church, a Mairie (town hall), a school, and a couple of old buildings. As we left, we finally saw a family playing boules in the park next to the church. The only folks we saw the whole time we were in Vauchrétien.
|Church in Vauchrétien|
|Mairie in Vauchrétien|
And then Janis found the golden fleece for the day. She saw a poster about "portes-ouvertes" at a winery. Porte-ouverte means open house, so we started following the signs along a well-posted but narrow lane (can't be called a road as 2 cars can't pass without one moving over to the grassy shoulder) leading out of town.
|Janis and Lynn in entrance to Domaine des Giraudieres|
And small groups of people standing around them tasting wine. Marion introduced us to her brother Guillaume who, in turn, introduced us to their family wines.
|Guillaume Roullet - 4th generation vintner|
|warehouse at Domaine des Geraudieres - Dave and Janis|
|wines we tasted at Domaine des Geraudieres|
As the foie gras was well-received Guillaume introduced us to a duck farmer from Brittany (La Ferme du Luguen) who was selling the most beautiful and tasty duck products from a case at one end of the warehouse room.. We bought duck breasts to make when Ben and Emily visit, some foie gras, smoked duck breast slices and a roll made of duck breast and foie gras. We paid more for duck than for the 7 bottles of wine we brought home. But we will eat (and drink) like kings for the next few days.
|M Roullet (owner) with Janis and Lynn in warehouse|
The family Roullet were rather surprised to have Americans attend their open house and we were delighted to have found a non-touristy area that has great food, great wine, friendly people, and great sites in a country setting.
|Guillaume with Janis, Lynn and Clark|
Thank you Guillaume for a most enjoyable and enlghtening visit.
|Photo of Clark, Dave, Janis and Lynn taken by Guillaume|
We feel so lucky and blessed to be able to explore a part of France we didn't know.