Wednesday, September 21, 2016
21.09.2016 - 22.09.2016
Breakfast over, we had no destination. Laundry day so we wanted to stay close to the house. We opted for St. Fiacre-sur-Maine since we had a brochure. Our trusty GPS quickly took us to St. Fiacre where we followed the church steeple into town. For some reason the GPS took us through town, down a country road by the Maine river and back up to town where we cheerfully turned off the capricious GPS and parked. It’s a sleepy place and the church was locked so we didn’t get to see the inside but got nice pictures of the outside, including St. Jean d’Arc above the main door and a cute owl on the roof of a back chapel. We wandered St. Fiacre looking for places in the brochure and managed to find (1) Église (the church), (2) Maison Rousseau de la Brosse, (3) la Borderie de la Barrière, (4) la Maison Marc Elder and (5) le Quartier Populaire which was most of the town. We got the car to search for (7) la Bourchinière along the D59, but it eluded us so we headed home to find a restaurant for lunch. After retrieving the town map at the house and a bit of aimless wandering, we found O’Calyco’ Restaurant across from the train station.
It’s cute, friendly, very modern and clean inside. No one spoke English but they seemed to understand our French so it worked out. We got a table overlooking the garden with a cat sleeping on the porch outside. The menu for the day was the only thing available although there were three menus and a few choices on each. The carte is only available on weekends. We chose the 14.50 euro menu and started with a Lot goat cheese salad, moved on to merlu with vegetables and a nice tarragon sauce followed by café gourmand with four tiny and delicious desserts. I drank Ed’s coffee for him! We got a nice Touraine Sancerre to go with the meal. The wine arrived a little warm but soon chilled in its little ice water bag. It was tasty and pleasant and the people there were very nice.. [O’Calyco’ Restaurant, 7 rue des Encloses 44690 La Haye-Fouassière; tel: +33 (0)2 5171-6069; firstname.lastname@example.org; O'Calyco' Restaurant web site]
After lunch we drove to Haut Goulaine. We knew the château was closed but hoped we might get pictures of it. The gates were shut so we parked outside and could see nothing of the château. Ed pushed the gate and it opened so we walked back to the château and got pictures of the walls, tops of buildings and entry gate before walking back to the car. It looks quite impressive. Some day we'll have to return when it's open. Château de Goulaine web site
Time left, we drove to Le Loroux Bottereau to see what was there. Not much, but copious shopping and a lovely (locked) church. For some reason one of the shops was flying an American flag. There was nothing to indicate a reason. It was fun to see it though. Finally, we headed home to our own boulangerie and Cocci Market and thence to do the laundry. Some things are necessary . . .
See the American flag at the video club. Interesting . . .