Farwalking

September 30, 2008

A few more tidbits from France…

Filed under: France — sensel @ 7:52 am

Wild roses loaded with rose hips so bright red and succulent I wanted to eat them (can you?)… cow pastures dotted with hundreds of lavender crocuses… a big woodpecker with a red head and bright yellow back… little lizards skittering every which way into the grass… the jingle of bells on bellwethers, both cow and sheep, drifting over the hillsides… the deep, luxuriant silence in the Aubrac whenever my boots stopped crunching along… entire cliffsides of impressive columnar basalt, as well as the side of a small quarry where the columns curved in a shape very like the scallop shell that was the emblem of the Chemin de St. Jacques… pointy-roofed towers on castles (and some regular ol’ houses) that clearly inspired the French tower scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail… the smell of warm croissants in every village, every morning… the edible sculptures in the windows of patisseries, the intimidating and expensive delights in choclateries, and the less beautiful but delicious koign amman in Bretagne – kind of like Breton cinnamon roll, but softer and tastier. I’ll have to see if I can find a recipe online and try those at home!

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