Father's day! It was a lovely morning and Des suggested that we take our breakfast to the nearby Jardin des Plantes. Janey wanted to sleep in, so it was just the three of us. Desmond knew of a bakery that was open on Sunday, and it just happened to be on the way to the garden. We carried our box of pastries through the parc and found some seating beneath a huge weeping fig tree. It was a cool and peaceful place to enjoy our morning treats.
|Yes, it was delightful!|
|A small sculpture at Jardin des plantes, Orleans|
|The dry-stacked stone was impressive.|
|A soothing picture beneath the fountain.|
|The guys had to check out the windmill.|
|Janey bought a baguette from a vending machine.|
The gite we had rented was on the very edge of Amboise. It was an old vintner's cottage that had been beautifully renovated. That little house was very charming and scrupulously clean. But also very warm. Craig and I had the upstairs bedroom, and there was plenty of room for Janey to sleep on an air bed on the floor.
|Our gite in Amboise had a nice kitchen, |
though it was too hot to cook.
|Pretty poppies bloom along the stream.|
|Walking toward the restaurant in Amboise.|
Our appetizers arrived, and they were as tasty as they were attractive. I had chosen the cold crab meat with grapefruit, avocado, and radish. It was delicious. Desmond ordered escargot fritters. They smelled fantastic, and when Des offered a taste I did not hesitate. Yum! Janey decided that she couldn't visit France without trying escargot, and it was rather hilarious watching her work up the nerve to taste it.
|An interesting appetizer.|
|Janey laughs as she |
works up the nerve to try escargot.
Craig and Des had chosen an interesting dessert of chocolate rice pudding which was garnished with popcorn and drizzled with caramelized Carambar. Janey and I had selected the cake, and it was beautifully decorated with lemon cream, strawberries, and lime zest. By the time we had finished we were actually looking forward to the walk home so that we could work off that decadent food.
|How's that for a decadent dessert?|
|We didn't expect a dessert after dessert!|
We strolled slowly through Amboise and arrived at the gite tired but happy.
|A baguette from a vending machine|
makes a good footrest.