Today was Richard’s birthday and also a Bank Holiday here in France.
Sadly Richard woke up this morning with my cold - I’ve still got mine 10 days after starting with the sore throat so I know what he has to come 😷😟. We had a lazy morning while P & J went off to the supermarket bright and early to get the makings of a birthday meal.
In the afternoon Richard, Penny and I went to Chateaulin, Jim’s back has been bad this week so he stayed behind and rested. Chateaulin is just up from where the River Aulne becomes the Nantes-Brest Canal and has the second out of the remaining 92 locks in this navigable section. Originally there were 238 locks and was 239 miles long.
We found a very nice little salon du the (you will have to imagine that there is an accent on the ‘e’ of the!!). We were offered black or green tea and chose black. When it arrived there was no milk and when we asked for some the waitress was very sniffy - we could imagine her muttering under her breath about the English! Richard enjoyed his birthday cake, so did Penny and I!
The Salon du The is called the Histoire de Macaron and is well known in the area for its macarons especially the Java macaron, created in 1907 by Monsieur Le Meur, which is a legend in the town. The Java is a coffee cream and icing macaron.
Before going home we went to Lorcanon which looked really pretty but decided against actually visiting it and to go back with Jim another day.
Penny and had bought really nice steaks which Richard barbecued and we sat out and ate a lovely dinner. Thank you P & J for organising everything.