You know you’re in France #13a

…when you burn more calories *getting* the baguette than it actually *contains*….

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You know you’re in France #13

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…when – on Friday afternoon – the travailleurs du bâtiment (who are spending the rest of the year digging holes and ripping up tarmac all over Apt) corral all their kit into about 10% of the area they occupy during the week so that the Saturday market can happen.

They take this stuff seriously here.

(I asked the chappy in the bookshop opposite one of the major bombsites how the folks were going to fit their stalls in among the shambles. Gallic shrug – “elles s’arrange – they just work it out”)

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You know you’re….anywhere #12

….when you join the cluster of blokes (“Stand over there with the rest of the idiots and don’t do/say anything stupid. And TRY and look as if you’re ENJOYING yourself…”) while the wimmin shop for sodding CLOTHES at the marché in Lourmarin

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You know you’re in France #11

…when the a la carte menu offers some stunning stuff, but your 2 course formule lunch only costs as much as a starter.

With the same quality…..

L’Estrade, St. Saturnin lès Apts

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You know you’re in France #10

…when it’s 30 degrees in the shade, the ice cream parlour was meant to open at noon, it’s 3pm and it’s CLOSED.

And no, it’s not Samedi….

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My elderly Cousin Ruth reckons….

x1HQxdY%RDyHIW5lbfA….that you can tell a good restaurant if it provides fish knives pour le poisson.

(She’s been known to fire off  incendiary missives of heavy duty bolleauxing to places that slip up that atomise restaurant manages in milliseconds….)

So she’d definitely like the Auberge de Lagnes in the eponymous village down here in the Luberon.

And this is what you get for €29…

An amuse bouche of shredded beetroot topped with goat curd
A deep-fried soft boiled egg on sauteed leek and morel sauce
Lamb shoulder confit
Goat cheese with wild herbs and olive oil, onion jam, mesclun salad
Good pour of wine €4.50
Coffee comped

Beat that…..

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You know you’re in France #9

…..when all the postcards are purple…

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