FRANCE 2010: And what a party it was, July 15th

Yesterday was Bastille day and the French love to throw a large party and we were able to join in. The day started with a wonderful market in the town square, I had read much about this market so was up early heading down to see my lady at the Patisserie for my morning coffee. I now have it figured out and no longer enjoy one with my imaginary friend. The market was all food, the freshest strawberries, cheese like we never see, and sooooooooo inexpensive, salmon from Norway, shrimp from La Rochelle off the Atlantic and olives from Portugal. It all looked so good, but when the crowds started to arrive you could tell it was going to be busy as they were all running to their favorite sellers. So home I went to enjoy a table full of the most beautiful assortment. Once everyone was up we feasted.

The evening saw bands on every corner and dancing in the street to all kinds of music including Queen, Pink Floyd and  traditional French music. Hannah and Sean stayed for the fireworks but Philippa and I headed back, as she had 15km paddle down the Dordogne in a canoe in the morning.

What a beautiful way to see the castles on the hills and the lovely homes along the rivers edge then to take the water.

We soon head to the  Burgundy region, were our home will be on the river. We should be able to once again do some canoeing.

 Philippa’s knees and hands have healed well and there is no need for daily dressing changes. She is quite impressed with how fast they healed. the weather cooled off a bit today but there is a promise of more heat for the next week. Thank goodness for A/C in our car! We are starting to look at our bags with a sense of panic as the purchases have added up not so much in Euros but in space, I guess the last home will have lots for the second hand shop.

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