Today we again enjoyed coffee before heading out around 10:00. Our destination was Châtillon-sur-Seine about 50 minutes away. It was a nice drive through the rolling French countryside. The town was larger than expected and we drove about a bit before finding the museum that contained the Vix treasures (google for additional information). At 12:00 they kicked us out of the museum (in the smaller French towns they enjoy a 2 hour respite each day). We then went and found where springs fed water into the Seine.
Afterward we found a small boulangerie and got some quiche and sandwiches. We ate in the park then walked through the old town up to a 1600’s fortificatio that was converted into a cemetery with great views over the town.
We then headed to the Fontenay Abbey. This was a favorite of me and Carolyn from the last trip. It is a beautiful Abby, with wonderful gardens. We enjoyed the sites and even had a little fun.
After heading back home we enjoyed appies on the patio.
Afterward we recreated a local delicacy, Steak Epoisses made with the worlds stinkiest cheese. We ate it all though the reviews were somewhat mixed.
Another great day.
This morning we got up and enjoyed our coffee on the balcony overlooking the river. After breakfast we headed up into town. There was a small market where we bought olives and bread. Then headed to the charcuterie an bought pâté, quiche and lasagne (definitely a food theme going on here). After visiting the church we took a very nice stroll along the river back to our home.
We loaded up lunch and headed to the Chateau Epoisses. We strolled the grounds including seeing the dovecote where doves were raised, had a picnic (before the rain) then wandered the small town.
After a short nap (two hours) we decided to take another walk up into town. On a Sunday afternoon it was quiet and very beautiful.
Back home we enjoyed some of our delicious food purchases and watched the rain fall. We even had a rainbow. Tonight we’ll enjoy our lasagne and watch the movie Chocolat in preparation for a future day trip.
Our flight was long but we all had leg room so it wasn’t to bad. France seems to like Emily better than England. They let her right through customs without a problem. Baggage collection was a little more dicey. Carolyn and my bags came up quickly but Emily’s was no where to be seen. Finally one of the last bags. Then it was off to the RER into Paris and we caught the express train to Dijon. After a nice sandwich time for some rest. At. 300 km/hr will be there soon.
Were packed, we’re through security, and ready to go. Europe here we come!
On my way out of town I decided to go check out the updated LBJ Library. There has been an effort to focus on the amazing collection of legislation that LBJ was able to get passed as part of the Great Society. There were many updated displays providing a great overview of this amazing time in history. I really enjoyed it.
After my great lunch I headed to the state Capitol. I’m not sure why but I really enjoy visiting the Capitol every time I’m in Austin. I love pulling open the front door and walking in. There were very few people and I made the usual tour. I took a couple of pictures with my fisheye lens.
Today I checked out an Austin bicycle (after practicing in Ft. Worth) and headed up Congress toward the Capitol. The first order of business…lunch. Of course I head to the place with the best cheese enchiladas I know of, the Texas Chili Parlor (order the Freida’s Chili Enchiladas). They were delicious.
Took a quick pre-birthday trip to Austin. After stopping in Hutto for an amazing visit with my good friend Sue, I headed to Austin. I stayed in a trendy hotel on South Congress, the Hotel San Jose. The grounds were very nicely done. The room was stark but comfortable. The place is an old motor lodge that has been redone.
Tonight was Emily’s graduation party. It is being held 3 weeks prior to our departure. In the next three weeks we’ll plan what to take and what to do.
Once everyone was there Stacy told Emily to check the mail. Unfortunately Emily had seen the postman as she arrived home earlier in the day and had gotten the mail (according to Stacy, Emily NEVER gets the mail). Oh well fail, but Emily sensing something was up headed to the mailbox. Carolyn and I had created three postcards describing our plans for taking Emily to Europe.