Two beautiful views

The clouds were a bit threatening over the Greater Daglan Area this morning, so my wife and I took the opportunity to do some errands and shopping in Gourdon.

But by noon, we were back home; the skies were bright blue; the sun was shining brightly; and the few clouds were fuzzy and fluffy and friendly. So we headed out on our bikes — to have lunch, of course.

We made our way up to Castelnaud, looking ahead to another lunch at the Basque restaurant there — having forgotten that it’s closed for lunch on Saturdays. So we took the bridge north over the Dordogne River, thinking of another lunch at Aux Trois Saveurs — only to find that it was closed too. But we pressed on to visit an old favourite, L’Ancre d’Or (the Golden Anchor) in La Roque-Gageac.

There we got the usual warm welcome from the hostess, and settled in for a leisurely lunch on the terrace (roast duck breast for my wife Jan, and cassoulet for me). So that you can share in our pleasure, I’m providing two beautiful views.

First comes our view down to the Dordogne, where we saw a fairly steady stream of canoeists and kayakers  as we ate. Here’s the photo (which doesn’t happen to include any canoeists or kayakers):

River

Looking past a planter of flowers to the wide Dordogne.

And now for something completely different, my next beautiful view is a closeup. It’s my dessert of authentic Périgordine walnut cake, served with a scoop of ice cream and a flourish of whipped cream:

Dessert

A typical dessert at L’Ancre d’Or in La Roque-Gageac.

After an espresso, it was time to get back on the bikes. Cycling in the July heat from La Roque-Gageac on to Cénac and then back home to Daglan definitely burned off a good chunk of the calories from lunch. In fact, I was invigorated enough that I spent much of the afternoon making my (rather wonderful) blanquette de veau, for tomorrow’s lunch.

By the way, the round trip on the bikes today was 28 kilometres. Given that it included climbing the very long hill beyond Cénac, we felt fairly chuffed.

 

 

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5 Responses to Two beautiful views

  1. Lesley says:

    There is nothing worse, on the eating out front, than finding your first choice resto closed. Second and third is extraordinary. On bikes as well !!
    France in the countryside is often unpredictable on a Saturday lunchtime, Sunday and Monday.
    I like te idea of having re-fuelled for the return trip.
    Saturday afternoon we slaved over a hot TV with The Tour (Go Wiggins!) and the Tennis. So enjoyable that we might well do it again today with The Tour, Tennis (Go Murray!) and F1.

  2. Double D says:

    Not open for lunch on a Saturday during tourist season……I have a few stimulus ideas for President Hollande

  3. loren24250 says:

    Double D, I don’t believe M. Le Président is interested in any “stimulating” ideas unless they involve a new tax.

  4. Lisa at fLVE says:

    that walnut cake with ice cream is amazing…

  5. loren24250 says:

    Thanks, Lisa! Walnut cake is a real specialty of our area — in fact, walnuts are used in all kinds of recipes here. And walnut oil is terrific on salads.

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