A drink for two.
As we walked around a village the view through the pane glass window caught my eye. Even the simplest restaurants in France set up a tablecloth and wine glasses.
During the miles and miles of traveling the back roads in France I am reminded that France values the pleasure of dining. Chain restaurants are not the rule.
Twilight reflections. The play of fading sunlight on the river. Spending hours with someone in a small space gives way to reflection. Yann can spend hours in silence, which isn't something I handle well, especially when driving for days in a car.
The funny thing is I usually can detect what he is feeling, and that is a big clue as to what he is thinking.
The situation of Thierry weighs heavy. Yann is on overdrive when it comes to work, his partner, and the future. The sunlight on the water reminds me that this too will pass. Where it will lead us is unknown. Staying true to the light even when it is hard to see, is what we believe in.
We drove on.
I begged Yann to take the tractor trail through the field. It wasn't on the GPS, Yann had his doubts. But my country girl insticts told me it would be worth it.
We met a farmer, the farmer of this land, we talked about the weather and of course his farm. Later I walked out into the field to listen to the wind blowing through the wheat. I love that soothing calm sound... like the sea without the crashing of the waves.
An hour outside of Paris.
The tractor trail we drove, through a field allowed this photo.
We had some work to do in Paris regarding the apartment (which finally will be underway in July and hopefully ready in September) and other things which left us little time to enjoy Paris. Nevertheless, we spent the evening with our daughter Chelsea, saw Gatsby and had dinner.
I love how the sugar was stacked at the restaurant.
After dinner: Dessert. For the last several years in France a trend that has gained more and more common ground is to have a Cafe Gourmand:
It is a step further in a general trend, in France, to have lunches in restaurants that are quicker than in the past. Back in the 20th century it was common as a minimum to have a starter, then a main course, then a plate of cheese, then a dessert, then a cup of coffee, and then a digestif. Then the starter ceased to be the accepted norm, and the plate of cheese became scarce, and the digestif disappeared. The "café gourmand" represents a further step, as ordering the dessert and the coffee in one go gains time, avoiding the need to have to call the waiter over to order.
- It gives the opportunity to eat several different desserts in one go, without feeling guilty for the calories as the quantity of each dessert is supposed to be tiny.
- It allows to sweeten the bitterness of the coffee, by going back & forth between the desserts and the cup of coffee.
- It creates a feeling of mystery and surprise, as the names of the mini-desserts are not indicated on the menu, so that the customer does not know what they will get beforehand." via wiki.
In a shop window in Paris, sat plumped this Eiffel tower pillow.
We camped in our Paris apartment: Air mattress, sleeping bags... When Yann asked if I brought his pillow I knew that meant he didn't and I would have to share mine.