A Canada Day encore in Daglan

Since early this morning, Canadian flags have been fluttering outside our home in Daglan. Why? Because today, July 1, is Canada Day — the national holiday that celebrates the 1867 enactment of the British North America Act, which established Canada as an independent country within the British Empire.

Because my wife Jan and I are both Canadian citizens (and proud of it, folks), we’ve continued to celebrate the holiday every year since moving to France. And this was our fourth Canada Day  since we moved.

Our traditions have remained fairly constant. There are the flags outside the house, like this one:

Canadian flag

A Canadian flag flutters in the breeze above our “Les Erables” mailbox.

Among other things, the flags get the attention of passers-by. This morning I enjoyed  explaining to one of our neighbours why we call our house Les Erables (The Maples) and why the red maple leaf is on Canada’s flag; and late this afternoon Jan spent some time with a tourist from the Isle of Wight who noticed the flags, figured that we were Canadian,  and had a good chat with Jan.

Another tradition is having something quite Canadian for breakfast — like the maple syrup that I poured over this morning’s French toast, served  with bacon of course:

It takes a lot of maple syrup to say "Happy Canada Day!"

It takes a lot of maple syrup to say “Happy Canada Day!”

And then it’s out for a celebratory lunch. This year, we headed to Les Prés Gaillardou, on the outskirts of La Roque-Gageac on the main road running from Cénac north towards Sarlat. There we began with a kir each, and went on to order a two-course meal: an entrée and a plat principal, plus a bottle of rosé wine.

It was all pleasant and enjoyable, sitting outside on the terrace, although the meal itself wasn’t the finest — and seemed expensive for what we received. For example, my foie gras entrée (see below) was delicious, and was served with a large pour of sweet wine (traditional with foie gras). But it came with exactly one-half of a single fig (!) in a tiny pool of fig syrup, and there was a pretty steep 6-euro surcharge to order the dish.

My entrée of foie gras.

My entrée of foie gras.

For my main course, I had medallions of roast pork loin, served with a somewhat thin apple sauce and several prunes and chestnuts, plus some admittedly delicious potatoes. Here’s my dish:

My plat principal of pork loin.

My plat principal of pork loin.

It was the extras that drove up the total price of our lunch to 95 euros — 5 euros for a kir, for example, and a whopping 4 euros per cup of espresso.

But hey, that’s enough complaining. All in all, it was a good day. And here’s hoping that family and friends in Canada had a very good day too.

 

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6 Responses to A Canada Day encore in Daglan

  1. Double D's says:

    Happy Canada Day for the one hundred and forty seventh time! Could not help but notice the bacon on your plate, it actually looks like bacon. We started our Canada Day with a tropical rain storm that has now turned into a steamy warm day. Great for watching World Cup action. Thanks for representing 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    I hope you and Jan enjoyed the Happy Canada Day e-card I sent. Glad you had a good celebration! KCL

  3. marshp2013 says:

    Happy Canada Day to you and Jan as well, Loren. We’ve got a nice warm day for it in Toronto, so it should be good for the fireworks tonight. But I doubt many of us will be having foie gras for dinner. We’ll probably stick with the traditional Canada Day dinner — burgers on the barbeque.

    By the way, the King St. and Sheraton falcon watches have drawn to a close for another year, and so far all looks well.

    • loren24250 says:

      Nothing wrong with burgers on the barbeque — in fact, that sounds great! Jan the Peregrine Lady definitely misses seeing her “birdies” in Toronto, and is most happy that you had a good “watching” season.

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