Gite Accueil a la ferme (60€, dp)
And so, a delightful breakfast with croissants, toast and coffee, a short tour of the town including an old English-style tower and a cathedral, and off we go over rolling hills, green and blooming yellow, pink, purple and blue. This is dairy country with happy cows, and villages with laid back dogs and stone farmhouses. An easy trek takes us to a charming gite with a courtyard for outdoor picnicking. We had already eaten our ham and cheese sandwich on a “lunch rock” (collected from an abundant hotel breakfast). Now had café au lait and soda (3.5€) Lots of merry pilgrims laughing and sharing road stories here, some even speaking English. Our room is small and cute with a lovely view of the courtyard below. Along the trail today a couple shared tips on using my walking sticks, and I do think their suggestions helped. We have walked 33 miles so far. Nap. Enjoy wine (3.50€). Dinner with eight others, inc. a Swiss couple bicycling all the way to Santiago. The meal tres Bon!… potage of vegetables, a superb mushroom omelet, potato casserole, beef Bourguignon, local cheeses, fruit and wine. NOTE: I’ve noted when we’ve enjoyed wine with our meals; but not to be repetitive, won’t from now on. So assume it’s quaffed, excellent, and comes at no extra charge with EVERY MEAL, typically a bottle for the two of us… Exceptions to this if the wine is REALLY FANTASTIC. Also: No more mention of mileages; instead, kilometers. This, we’re finding, takes a little getting used to. For starters, 8K = 5 miles; 16K = 10 miles.