Darling Biff and Tout Sweet author Karen Wheeler were there to meet me at the gare de Poitiers on Monday.
We went for a grand tour around town starting at the Hotel de Ville.
I suggested to Biff we visit le Palais de Justice so he could divorce Karen and marry me. But lucky for Karen they would not let Biff inside without a complete pat-down and a prance through the metal detector. He refused on principle.
On to Romanesque Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande de Poitiers.
Biff shows me Poitiers famous artisanal parapluie shop where you can still get your broken umbrellas repaired - a charming must-see. Who knew?
And the best patisserie in Poitiers - Claude Lafond. I could not resist trying a regional Broye galette - a big flattened scalloped cookie made of mostly butter from the Charante and a bit flour. Another must-do in Poitiers.
At midi/noon we went off for lunch to another town. Biff says we must be a table at 12 sharp or we lose the chance to eat at all in France. Ohhhh
|A lovely 3-course formule(for a mere 12.50 euros) at the Hotel de France - Saint-Savin. Leave Paris for lunch if you want a delish bargain.|
Darling Biff, who has been tres bien-eleve/well behaved up to this point, decides to steals cheese from my bag (thoughtlessly left on the floor by moi) and then has a go at Bear. Mais non!
Back at chez Karen Biff repents...
And dreams a bit.
Like all good French children Biff knows how to attend/wait for his supper patiently without whining or complaining.
Unfortunately a table Biff loses it and makes noises regarding the Claude Lafond dessert box. Fortunately Maire Martine is present to put a stop to this rare bad behavior, ahem.
Have you read Karen Wheeler's adventures with Biff in the Poitou-Charante? You'll be enthralled I promise.
Her latest, Tout Soul is gripping tales.
You can read a chapter here.
Bonne nuit et au revoir Biff and Karen.