Living in France for 3 months with Jeannine & Roger


Villebois-Lavalette 30th April

We spent another day geocaching going back over familiar territory. As we won’t be back in the area we decided to do our favourite (Terra Aventura) geocacher’s multi-stage cache in Villebois Lavalette, home of the Cornuelle. On the way we tried to buy a baguette from the small towns we passed through, however nothing was open. Some bakeries are shut because it is Monday and others are ‘faire le pont’ , that’s today’s French word it means ‘doing the bridge’. Apparently 2018, particularly May, is a good year for holidays as there are a number of public holidays that fall on Tuesday, and therefore if you ‘faire le pont’ take Monday off you can make a 4 day weekend out it. There are four public holidays in May: Labour Day, VE Day, Ascension Day and Pentecost Day. Arriving in Villebois Lavalette and finding a bakery open we showed our appreciation by buying a baguette, an apple turnover and a custard sultana swirl, that’s today’s taste of France. I’m hanging out for a pie or sausage roll but such a thing doesn’t appear to be a staple of the French diet.

Our two caches took us around Villebois Lavalette, looking at their history and icons. We had a small break because of torrential rain and then went on to Verteillac for a cache in a watering can and then to Riberac for a small Lourdes cache. Still hanging out for a pie, I gave in and went to McDonalds.

We got back home, paid the landlady for the power, emptied the fridge into the frypan and now look forward to our next month and adventure in Duras.

Jeannine & Roger

A couple of people who decided to try living in France for three months, to absorb some of the culture and to try a diet of Baguette, cheese and wine.

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