An Cat Dubh
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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En route to the train station the next morning to pick up our rental car we found a little "patisserie" and bought some wonderful pain aux chocolate and pain aux almandes which we quickly munched our way through before arriving at the station. This brings me to the second reason for enjoying being back in Europe - the food and wine…… Fortunately for our waistlines we’re only in France for three days ;-)
For the remainder of our time in mainland Europe our base will be a car and so having picked up our Renault Scenic (grande) we set off in a mostly northerly direction
A short drive north is the town of Chalon-sur-Saone, where Kodak France was once based and Derek lived and worked for about sfive months about fifteen years ago. Nearby Givry is a small village where our friends Laurent & Laurence and their children Antoine & Alice live and had invited us for lunch. We were treated to a wonderful lunch with excellent wine and had a great time catching up with the Beau family. The kids had lots of fun, swimming in the pool, playing piano (Alex) and playing with their cats (Lauren). Lauren was particularly enamored with a three month old black kitten called Chuck (Norris) and spent most of her time watching or playing with it ;-) Chuck is so named because of the Chuck-like poses it takes before striking. BTW - If you're wondering - "An Cat Dubh" is Irish for "A Black Cat".
It’s always good to make time to catch up with good friends and we were sad to not be able to stay longer, however we had to leave the Beau family in time to make it to Paris to collect Granny (Derek’s Mum) from the airport. Granny arrived right on time, received a big welcome and after a night in Paris we will continue our journey Eastwards……