Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Voyage of Discovery in the West

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent Ascension weekend at a gîte in the Charente-Maritime, halfway between Bordeaux and La Rochelle and about 40km from the Atlantic coast. During this time, I discovered (or confirmed) the following:

- Many place names in the Charente-Maritime end in –ac. We discovered Givrézac, Gémozac and Jonzac …

- …But there are also the better known Cognac and Armagnac, which we explored in their more “spiritual” forms.

- French people sneer at the Spanish for putting lemonade in their wine but it is perfectly acceptable to mix Cognac with Schweppes.

- I like Cognac mixed with Schweppes.

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- If you park your car illegally in the pretty medieval village of Pons while indulging your unsociable tendencies on the Friday after Ascension, you don’t have to worry about being caught because the only 2 policemen in the village aren’t working.


- The Atlantic coast has great beaches.

- The sea is warm enough to swim in.

- It’s not a good idea to have the front door of your gîte lower than ground level, especially if the drain outside the door blocks and there is a massive thunderstorm. It’s even harder to sweep the water out if the uneven floor slopes away from the door.


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