Our one big goal today was to take a picnic over to Pont du Diable (“Devil’s Bridge”)and lounge for several hours reading and snacking and sketching. It was a great success.
Here’s what we ate:
And here’s what we saw:
This is what I accomplished:
1. Inventing the Brie-Fig sandwich. Even better, in my opinion, than the Salami-Fig sandwich, because the sweetness of the fig cuts the pungency of the brie, but the brie flavor is strong enough to not be overpowered by the sweetness. Perfect balance. Yin and yang. Ben disagreed, but that’s just because he doesn’t like cheese. I was so enraptured I forgot to take a picture.
2. I took a nearly 3-hour nap.
3. I did this:
And this is the obligatory dog encounter:
I was sketching and B was reading, when this black labrador (or something very like a big black lab) comes bounding down the path, wearing a collar but no leash, and leaps into the water just behind us. No barking, no fuss, takes barely any notice of us at all. After his dip, he bounds right back up the path again. A few minutes later, he returns, this time towing his humans behind him, and older couple clearly out for a little fishing. They settle a ways downstream from us, out of sight, but doggy visits us once more to urinate nearby before the evening is out.
And then we went home to more lamb stew with couscous. On the way back, we took a couple more shots:
I would love to end here, because the picture is perfect, but I feel that two other things happened tonight which really do deserve a post-script:
1. We discovered a little bar on the outside of town where you can buy wine for 2.50 Euros. Not good wine, mind you, but totally drinkable. In fact, the more you drink, the better it tastes…..
2. I watched Star Wars all the way through for the first time in my adult life. I can cross that off of Major Gaps in My Pop Culture Education. And, yes, I enjoyed it quite a bit, thank you.