People say we are lucky, all we can say is we loved the hospitality we received here in France, from when we arrived in Paris, our cousin Monalisa’s flat with champagne and hugs and kisses than meeting her Parisien friend Brigitte in her flat, meeting our english friend William and his freind Scott in St Germain to my new french friend Aline that took me to meet her family in Paris. I may be missing more people and the group of 48 brazilians that were visiting Paris too. Toulouse we met the best of France and Portugal…we miss Toulouse and our friends!
Well, in Pau we made a new group of friends from Maelle, the writer to Claudine and Salma who were absolutely the hostesses with the mostess until we met the Hayet family:
The highlight was the Home made Fois Gras! For those that don’t know the best Fois Gras is the organic ones made in local farms in that region of Southern France. We learned that Fois Gras in Paris you will probably eating from the can unless you are in one of those very special Michelin Restaurant which cost a fortune!
We felt the priviliedge and apreciate all that gourmet dinner and the wonderful company of our friends.
To close these 8 months in France, while we went to Bordeaux we stooped in Bassin de Arcachon where The Many Famille lives ( Valerie’s parents).
Again, a huge solid wood table set up and decorated for the degustation of his homemade feast: faisson pate, wild boar pate, Tomate and legume bouillon, champignon cepe omelette avec Oussi Fromage and Pays Basque delicatessen for desert with a Assiette de Fromage.
Valerie took us to visit the Oyster Farms and to eat fresh fruit de Mer. She showed us the region and there is nothing better then visit with the local residents … They know all the best places to go which turists don’t get to visit!