18 th Dax

I wanted to take my friends for lunch so we went to a French restaurant( of course) which specialised in duck. I had asparagus for entree and it was the white one. I have never been that keen on the white but this was delicious. I could finally see why the Europeans go for it in such a big way. The accompanying prosciutto style meat was really good and the salad had bits of duck sprinkled through it. Michel, Emma and I had the duck roasted and served ‘rose’ (pink). It was the best duck I have ever eaten. Robert eat your heart out. It was succulent and tender and the skin was crisp. The gravy had foie gras in it and was so tasty. It was not too rich which is my usual complaint with duck. In Australia I think they would frown on the cooking and be wary of salmonella! Michel tells me they are not farmed but wild ducks.

Monique opted for a salad of goats cheese thinking it would be meat free. Alas there was a lot of Lardon scattered across the salad. Landon is pork, like bacon. We were not happy but she had not said specifically that she was a vegetarian ( which is not that common in France). Karen had always to specifically say no meat or fish! Despite this it was a delicious meal.

Afterwards we wandered around the shops and into Galaries Lafayette which was air conditioned. What a delight! Air conditioning is not found very much in France it seems to me. The sales are on and Monique was tempted to buy a couple of Tshirts and I succumbed to a cross season top, half fleece and half shirt. The store was very attractive and a bit like DJs at home.

As we wandered around, the clouds started to build and we were anxious to return to get the washing off the line. Along the way we found another book exchange box. I have seen many around the place and they seem to be used well, often near a bench or in a park.

We passed the historic mineral water fountain that has been here since Roman times. The water is very hot. Emma flicked her hand through but she had to be quick because it is boiling.

Author: fleetfootkath

I am a keen walker and traveller. I love to explore and learn about new people, places and cultures with a sense of joy and gratitude for this fortunate life. I believe walking is a wonderful way to really connect with the present and the beauty of the world that surrounds us. It makes me happy.

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