2016 Repost: Day 10 of 21 – Off to Collioure – but first some parts d’ Pau

Day 10 of 21 – Off to Collioure – but first some parts d’ Pau

Yesterday was a beautiful, brilliant trip and we got a much-needed break in the heat and a good soaking of rain. Chris swallowed a duck the night before so I did the first bit of the drive from Pau to a charming little town of Castelnaudary. I had the joy of driving a dozen or so roundabouts whilst our charming brit-based GSP gave me very clear, quite nicely dictated instructions about how to navigate the roundabout. 

Lunch was with dear Martina- a surprise connection from a Christmas past- and she chose a bit of a  sleeper town with a Michelin-star rated restaurant Le Tirou for a light cassoulet of duck, pork, sausage, and butter. Lots and lots of butter. Oh, and maybe some lard to balance the flavours.  And wine. Just some wine. A touch.

Yesterday during the day of no selfie, we survived.  Chris thrived. It’d be nice if he smiled when HE takes the selfie….

  • We skipped Lourdes. The thought of bus-loads of old Catholic pilgrims standing in line in the blistering heat dissuaded me from reach back to the folklore of my childhood.  I vaguely remember little water statues of mary in my house as a kid that was supposed to have come from Lourdes with the idea that if you drank from this Holy fountain you would be cured. I drank one.  Seems it worked! All my life I have been saved from the oppression of a thought-to-mouth filter and because of this mystic drink, I’ve held the ability to say what is on my mind. So don’t judge, it’s a God-given gift. Or it made me gay. Win-win for me!
  • We stayed in Pau  – Its small, sweet and incredibly well suited for a day of simple exploring and rest. We needed it.  Between the marathon, the duck-fat and the Foix on everything, a stroll around a city based in my Basque heritage was perfect. Better still was the company. Chris is a champ. More on that later. He warrants a separate post.

Selfie Rule #7 – No bitching and you are not a victim if you declare a day-of-no-selfie. Shut up and embrace your choices.

We’ve had a fantastic AirB&B experience, so if you are planning on a trip and want some suggestions. We have them.  One note about France – not all places provide sheets and towels and hosts being clear in the instructions when you rent seems to be optional.

Published by randymarcotte

Dreamer, entrepreneur, husband, marathoner (in the penguin league), uncle, friend. Enjoying today while always trying to brighten tomorrow.

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