Here's a view of the street. That's my little pale blue Peugeot 206 in the photo. Twelve years later, we're still driving it. At la Menounière, every morning a porteuse de pain (a woman who brought bread to sell) would drive up in her little white van, toot the horn, and wait for us and our neighbors to come out and buy some baguettes, croissants, or brioche for the day. She also sold milk, butter, and cheeses. It was a nice service.
The gîte was sparsely furnished, and that's what you learn to expect. Staying in a gîte rural is just a step up from camping, but a significant step up. There's a kitchen. There's heat (but maybe for a few extra euros). There's a bathroom with hot water. We usually take our own towels. And there are beds. We also take our own bed linens. Pillows and blankets are normally provided. Sometimes, for people who can't or don't want to bring bed or bath linens, for a reasonable fee the gîte owner will rent you some for your stay. Gîtes are set up to serve people who arrive by car.
We also take food with us. On some days, we'll have lunch in a restaurant, provided we can take the dog with us. Other days, we'll have a picnic at lunchtime, weather permitting. For the evening meal, we eat foods we've brought from home, or we buy fromages, pâtés, and salades while we are out and about, touring around. That way we can relax in the evening after taking the dog for a walk, without having to drive back from a restaurant in the dark. It's easy to get lost, especially at night, when you don't know an area very well.
This house is still operated as a gîte, according to what I find on the internet. It has been updated and refurnished since 2008. I'll find the link again and post it tomorrow, with some photos of the current furnishings if possible. The rent is very reasonable.
The last photo made me think of these two lines,ReplyDelete
Un lièvre en son gîte songeait,
(Car que faire en un gîte, à moins que l'on ne songe ?)
La Fontaine - Le Lièvre et les Grenouilles
Is it Cheryl in the fourth photo?Delete
Yes, that's Cheryl seated at the table doing, I think, a puzzle.Delete
As for La Fontaine :
Le Lièvre et les Grenouilles
Un Lièvre en son gîte songeait
(Car que faire en un gîte, à moins que l'on ne songe ?) ;
Dans un profond ennui ce Lièvre se plongeait :
Cet animal est triste, et la crainte le ronge.
"Les gens de naturel peureux
Sont, disait-il, bien malheureux.
Ils ne sauraient manger morceau qui leur profite ;
Jamais un plaisir pur ; toujours assauts divers.
Voilà comme je vis : cette crainte maudite
M'empêche de dormir, sinon les yeux ouverts.
Corrigez-vous, dira quelque sage cervelle.
Et la peur se corrige-t-elle ?
Je crois même qu'en bonne foi
Les hommes ont peur comme moi. "
Ainsi raisonnait notre Lièvre,
Et cependant faisait le guet.
Il était douteux, inquiet :
Un souffle, une ombre, un rien, tout lui donnait la fièvre.
Le mélancolique animal,
En rêvant à cette matière,
Entend un léger bruit : ce lui fut un signal
Pour s'enfuir devers sa tanière.
Il s'en alla passer sur le bord d'un étang.
Grenouilles aussitôt de sauter dans les ondes ;
Grenouilles de rentrer en leurs grottes profondes.
"Oh! dit-il, j'en fais faire autant
Qu'on m'en fait faire ! Ma présence
Effraie aussi les gens ! je mets l'alarme au camp !
Et d'où me vient cette vaillance ?
Comment ? Des animaux qui tremblent devant moi !
Je suis donc un foudre de guerre !
Il n'est, je le vois bien, si poltron sur la terre
Qui ne puisse trouver un plus poltron que soi. "
As often happens with La Fontaine, verses from any of his numerous fables are better known than the fables themselves. That the case with these first two lines. It is too bad because most of them are beautiful.Delete
While looking for Le chêne et le roseau, I found this link that may interest some of your readers, Ken. I'm no judge of the quality of the translation/interpretation in English, but I think it is very good.Delete
Thanks for the link chm. I had to resort to using it.Delete
The gite looks very spacious. I’ve been interested in this area so will look forward to seeing the link for the gite tomorrow.ReplyDelete
is there any view out the back?ReplyDelete
There is no "back" as such. For views from the gîte, look elsewhere.Delete
The gite looks comfy and I like the exposed stone walls. Also, an attractive street near the beach!ReplyDelete
I know you will be happy to get to take another vacation by the sea or ocean, once everything settles down. This looks like it must have been a great vacation :) Being able to relax at home, together, with your dinner, and plan the next day, is a really nice aspect of having rented lodging like this, especially for you and Walt, who really enjoy preparing meals :)ReplyDelete