As usual, I could hardly contain my excitement to be back once again in France! The flight from Chicago was smooth and uneventful, though we were about 45 minutes late leaving the terminal. I knew that Darcy would be tracking my progress and hoped she and Mathieu wouldn't be inconvenienced. I made it through immigration/border control within ten minutes and was soon plucking my bag from the luggage carousel, with a little help from a fellow passenger. As soon as I spotted the smiling faces of Darcy and Mathieu, I felt a rush of happiness. With nearly a month of vacation ahead of me, I was in a state of bliss! It didn't take long for us to work our way down to the basement parking garage and soon we were on the highway through the smoothly flowing traffic, out of Paris and on toward Orléans.
A busy day was ahead of me, and I'm glad that I had managed to sleep a bit on the plane. When we reached Orléans, we made a quick stop to pick up lunch - at a pizza vending machine! That's right, we bought pizza from a vending machine and it was really very tasty. There are two of these machines in Orléans, both owned by a local restaurant called Cantine. After our selection was made from a large screen, the pizza was quickly baked at high temperature. In just a few minutes, it was automatically transferred to a sturdy box and then it slid out of the machine and we were on our way. We drove the short distance home and enjoyed our quick lunch.
|Pizza from a vending machine. Why not?|
|Checking out the funny cereal names.|
|I hear it's addictive!|
|Campo Santo, where the festival took place.|
|We enjoyed a hearty meal of lentils and duck sausage.|
We were soon joined by a couple of friends, Arno and Jeremy, and we all began to wander around the compound, looking at the many unique items for sale. Darcy bought a bottle of Mead and a beautiful tooled leather bag. I purchased some pates des fruits at one booth and a dry sausage at another. It was one that I knew Craig would enjoy - made with Beaufort cheese. Arno presented me with a flower and ribbon crown. I felt very welcome and very much a part of the festivities.
|Lots of sweets from which to chose!|
|We sampled the Mead at this booth.|
|Mathieu and Arno at the festival.|