There are so many unforgettable things to do in this most beautiful part of France south of Bordeaux and thanks to my very gracious friend and her family I was able to experience so much of it in just four days! The scenery was unlike anything I had ever seen, and the food was a constant temptation.
Of course let’s start with the food. First, no one makes bread or pastries like the French. One of my favorites is canelé and it happens to be a specialty of the area. Bad for me and my perpetual diet! They are beautiful, individual delicacies that are caramelized and crunchy on the outside with an almost custard like inside and they are addictive.
I LOVE mussels (Moules) and tasted the best ever served with French fries at Chez Hortense. I was lucky enough to be given the recipe for both the mussels and the canelé (I already ordered the canelé pan on eBay) and can’t wait to try and duplicate these tasty bits!
Ave. Sémaphore Cap Ferret
La Dune du Pyla is the highest sand dune in Europe and if they were to put a camel on it you would swear you were in the Sahara Desert ( I’ve never been there but I can just imagine…). We climbed to the top and there are views of the sea on one side and the forest on the other. Amazing!
No surprise that I lost at pétanque a favorite French pastime similar to the Italian game bocce…you throw hollow metal balls in an attempt to get them as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet, ( literally a little piglet). At least I tried!
Walking on the beach, eating oysters fresh from the sea, boating on some of the most beautiful waters and sharing all of this with wonderful friends who treated me like family made this a most unique holiday.
As I sit at the airport in Bordeaux beginning my journey home, having said a sad goodbye to my good friends, I take with me memories that will last my lifetime. Can’t wait to see my better half (whose encouragement and sacrifice made this trip possible) and my 4 legged friends. I feel exhausted, happy and as always I’m grateful for my experiences.