France on the water
We've never been so close to the 2023 holidays as we are today (and never so close to Christmas 2023 either, for that matter).
June saw us sailing... Well, not on the open seas, but on the Canal Latéral à la Garonne, on a boat that I'd been wanting to try out for a long time: a solar-powered 'coche d'eau'. Equipped with two motors and lithium batteries (Li 3), it allows you to travel smoothly on the waters of canals and rivers. You may remember that in 1980, I criss-crossed France in all directions, from Roanne to Rouen, then from Bordeaux to Narbonne, aboard my second sailing boat, Voyage, before setting sail for Brazil, Quebec and French Polynesia.
Since then, the waterways have retained a special place in my heart, and I was delighted to accept the invitation from the founder of Bateaux pour la Planète to sail on these calm waters to the pretty little town of Moissac, famous for its Chasselas grapes: in the 1930s, the 'Uval Cure', which consisted of eating only grapes, was religiously practiced in a magnificent kiosk, a listed historic monument, with a ceiling painted in a superb Art Deco style.
Then it was back to the Auvergne mountains, where the haymaking season had returned. Our zucchini patch gave Francette the opportunity to perfect her art of the 'Poupeton', a courgette flower stuffed with various preparations, fish mousse or ricotta... a delight!
So much for June. As I said earlier, we'll meet again at the beginning of the new school year, on 1 September.
In the meantime, I wish you a great summer.
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