An early morning walk to the boulangerie is good for the soul. The air is quite cool still so briskness is required. Our local boulangerie is considered by some to be the best in Auxerre. Eric Roy has amazing patisseries and they are chocolate makers too. If the cool morning air doesn’t cheer you up then standing in the queue (and there’s always a queue) and gazing at these beautiful creations should do the trick. Last year Alan bought me a beautifully gift wrapped set of macarons from here. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
We have to return our rental car today so yesterday we ventured over to Chablis, only 20 minutes drive away from Auxerre. The countryside is full of vines and it was actually sunny. For a while anyway. Chablis ville is very pretty and bursting with Caves (wine cellars) with tasting rooms.
We found a gorgeous little underground place, La Cave de Connoisseur and climbed down the stone steps into a series of small stone rooms, all underground, dating back to the 13th century. We tasted the Matthieu Antunes Chablis, Petit, Premier Cru and Grand Cru while listening to the history, terroir and how which direction the hills face determines the taste. Very interesting and we learnt a lot. We also purchased a couple of the petite Chablis (the ‘entry level’ wine which is light and perfect for a hot day) and a bottle of the Grand Cru. Delicious.
Our mechanic is back on board today, replacing the batteries and putting in a new bilge pump. We have also ordered new fenders to go with the new paint job. Beaucoup de €€€!
But not to worry. It’s only money. The sun is shining (albeit momentarily) and we have a fresh baguette so all’s right with the world.
At least until we get the bill.