We were sad to leave Gîte Gentians. Their hospitality was so wonderful. Dinner last night was delicious and this morning I had a fresh cheese (like a ricotta) as part of breakfast. It was so tasty and the owner said very easy to make so that I think I will try to make it at home sometime.
It was a beautiful walk down the mountain to St Anthème. The views were so picturesque, lots of wild cherry trees with white blossoms dotted across the landscape and contrasting with the variety of green trees and fields. Many of the fields are just full of dandelions too so there is this bright golden yellow to contrast.
On the way down the road we saw a dead snake, the third we have seen so far. I guess they are starting to appear.
We arrived in St Anthème and found Andy at the only open bar. He had left early in order to get into town to do some provision shopping before the shops close at 12:30pm. The shops are often closed Monday too. The Sunday market was shutting down. They have been a feature of many villages we have been through but they are very small.
Peter is feeling much better and even took his tent back from Karen today. He was up to buying ice creams. He always loves ice creams. We were amused by the logo on the backs of some of the other patrons at the bar. There was a group of motorbike riders called the Monty Pistons! The bar was the centre for all the motorbike riders passing by. All sorts of fancy bikes and mostly “mature” riders.
Tonight’s abode is up a little lane and has eased my curiosity about the inside of these village houses. Kitchen and living downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. You can lean out your kitchen window to talk to people in the street!
This was an unusual cross outside the town. Many hamlets have an iron cross of some sort at the cross roads or in a central square. They are usually of intricate ironwork but this one is different.
Today has been a lazy day with a short walk and we are enjoying the break. We have all had our trials and the walking has been more challenging than expected for a range of reasons but we are stronger and the country is very rewarding, the company good and we feel a sense of satisfaction with how far we have come.
I have seen a wild and empty part of France that was very unexpected.