Monday, December 20, 2010

A Good Day

Part 5: France 2010

Our entire week in St. Jean de Cole was lovely. Yes, it still rained and yes, we still got lost. But it was so nice to have a home to come home to. Perhaps my best memories will be of one day early in the week when we, along with Jackie and Paul, headed south toward Bergerac for a winery tour of Chateau Belingard.

The rain quit just as we pulled up to the Chateau. The sun peeked out and shone over the vineyards. The blue sky with the yellow fields looked like a perfect Impressionist painting.

 A young woman led us through a tour of the winery before seating us at a table for a wine tasting of 16 or so wines. Too bad it was only 10 o'clock in the morning!

Afterwards, we headed a half an hour or so east to the little village of Tremolat where we had reservations for a multi-course tasting meal at Le Vieux Logis. I meant to take a photo of each of the courses, but was so caught up in how beautiful they all looked and how tasty they all were that I only remembered to take the first and last course.

After lunch we were ushered into "the smoking room" -- although, no smoking was allowed -- for coffee. Outside, hale was coming down and bouncing off the ground, but we were warm, snug and very content to wile away the afternoon.

And, then, for a brief period the sun shone again. We walked around the village marveling at how beautiful things look with a bit of sun shining down.

It was dark before we returned home. We built a fire in the fireplace and settled into deep wingchairs to read a bit before heading off to bed. Good wine. Good food. Good books.  And especially good friends. All in all, a very good day.

1 comment:

  1. All the photos from the trip are wonderful but the ones of the countryside in this posting are magical. So glad to finally hear about the trip in detail (your account and Ed's).