Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (Jean's birthday)
07.09.2016 - 08.09.2016
Got on the plane, were seated and sat the better part of the next eleven hours until we landed at CDG forty minutes early. Luggage was delayed so in the end, we weren’t really early. I put my French SIM card in my phone at SFO so when we landed, I immediately called TT Car who picked us up at Terminal 1, Gate 2. We checked out our leased Peugeot 208 and left in search of gas. We finally found a gas station and got on the A104 toward Lyon trying to avoid the Paris Peripherique. New GPS, confusing trip and I gave up, got out our own Garmin GPS and set it for Rebecca & Phillip's. That worked and when we got completely clear of Paris, I finally figured out the Peugeot GPS. Nothing like new electronics and jet lag . . . interesting combination.
We drove right to Sackers not even stopping for lunch and had fun catching up with them. Philip went to the train station to get Laura from school so we met her again. Ten years bring major changes to a five-year-old! She is a lovely young woman now. Basil, their little dog, is still here and as cute as ever. I got pictures for Peg. She absolutely loved Basil. Rebecca took us to our B&B room and it is lovely. We rented their gite for a month years ago with Peg. This time we're headed west and are only staying a few days so decided to try the B&B option. Good choice! This is such a lovely place. [Domaine de la Chapelle, 1 route des Maugeres, 41400 Faverolles sur Cher; tel: +33 (0)2 5432-5848; Domaine de la Chapelle web site]
Rebecca made dinner reservations for us at Hotel Bellevue this evening so we relaxed until then. Walked around Montrichard a little and I got a Daler-Rowney Sap Green tube paint at the little art store in town. I seem to be determined to try every Sap Green I can find. It amazes me they are all different. I always end up mixing them with something so probably ought to mix my greens to start but it's so much fun to try them all.
Hotel Bellevue welcomed us and seated us by the window with a lovely view of the Cher river. Except for a tour group of American young women who were rather loud, it was a wonderful experience. We ordered kirs to celebrate our arrival, and the waitress brought an amuse bouche of pastry, salsa and roast pork with them. We ordered and she brought another extra course of a yummy gazpacho. Ed got the cod and I got the lamb, both cooked to perfection. We ordered dessert . . . Ed a chocolate mousse and I a white chocolate dome. When she brought out my coffee, she brought two tiny chocolate tarts and two meringues. What a meal . . . and accompanied by a nice Loire wine. [Hotel Bellevue, 24 Quai de la République, 41400 Montrichard; tel: +33 (0)2 5432-0617; fax: +33 (0)2 5432-0617; firstname.lastname@example.org; Hotel Bellevue web site]
We should sleep well tonight!