Busy day today. Our Normandy friends are still here. This morning we're heading over to Vouvray to buy some wine over there (Chenin Blanc wines, sweet or dry, still or sparkling — some of the best white wines made in France). Vouvray is a good 45-minute drive northwest from Saint-Aignan.
Then we're going to lunch in a restaurant in Montlouis, the village on the other side of the Loire River from Vouvray. We've never tried this restaurant, Les Terrasses, before. It isn't in the guidebooks, and I can't find any customer reviews on the Internet. The only way to find out if it's good is to throw caution to the wind and go try it. Since we all have much experience with little French restaurants, I'm sure we'll find something good on the menu.
Last night we went down to Saint-Aignan at dinnertime. The two visitors from Normandy wanted to eat dinner, but Walt and I didn't. We went to a café and ordered glasses of white wine — a Sauvignon Blanc from the Quincy wine area, 50 km east of Saint-Aignan. We asked if the café was serving sandwiches or salads, but it wasn't.
What if we went and got something from a bakery or other shop and brought it to the table here to eat it? Would that be okay? Certainly, said the young woman who was waiting on us, and who turned out to be, with her Norman (!) husband, the owner of the place. Two of us walked around the corner to the pizzeria on the market square in Saint-Aignan and ordered a pizza.
I know the people who run the pizzeria — my friend was impressed that I and the woman who runs it did French cheek-kisses in greeting — and I think that helped us get a pizza really fast. They gave us one that was just coming out of the oven. Some other customer would have to wait. Within five minutes, we were back at the café.
The café owner brought us a knife, we ordered second glasses of the Quincy wine, and we carved up the pizza and ate it with our fingers. The café was full of people, mostly young men, it seemed, and it was buzzing with activity. It was Bastille Day, and fireworks were scheduled in Saint-Aignan at midnight. The two café owners were also in the process closing the place up, putting chairs up on the table inside so they could mop the floor, and gradually taking away the outside chairs and tables too. We stayed about an hour, and we were about the last people to leave.
During our improvised meal, the Norman owner, probably about 40 years old, came over and talked to our Normandy friends. He grew up in Le Havre, and the father of one of our friends was also born in Le Havre. They had a good time talking about Normandy, and I could hear their Normandy accents kick in.
It was all a lot of fun and Walt took a lot of pictures. I think he'll be posting them over the next few days and weeks. I forgot my camera. We got home at about 9:30. Okay, it's time for us to hit the road for another whirlwind day.