Thursday, September 9th

I woke up to hear a scurrying noise.  Felix heard it, too.  He was staring intently at the back wall in the bedroom….the one that shares a wall with the garage.  Uh, oh….I think our visitor is back.  I moved out to the living room just in time to hear the scurrying sound….now louder….and on the roof….move from one end of the cottage to the other.  Craig went outside to check, but “not a creature was stirring….not even a mouse.”  Let’s hope our uneasy truce lasts.

We arrived in Narbonne too early for my water therapy session, so we stopped downtown thinking we’d have lunch along the canal before heading to the pool.  We parked and walked to the nearest restaurant but, sadly, they had no open tables.  I’m not speed-walking yet and it would have taken way too long to head down to the next restaurant….just down the block.  Hmmm….what to do?   

We returned to the car and drove to McDonald’s. 

I thought this would be my little secret….McDonald’s?  After all the wonderful meals we’ve had?  Ah, but this McDonald’s was like no other I’ve seen. 

When we walked in, it felt like an upscale piano bar….the lighting was muted, not glaring….the interior was done in shades of grey, cream and red….seating was varied with booths, tall pub tables & stools, couches & chairs….pillars visually separated the interior spaces….the ceiling, with differing levels and colors, also helped to break up the space….but the pièce de résistance was a patisserie case selling macarons, tarts and other sweet delicacies.  Music was playing in the foreground, not too loud to dissuade conversation, but definitely not a muted undertone.  The restaurant was populated with small groups of friends and couples of all ages….no kids or families in sight. 

Our order was placed and paid for at an electronic kiosk and ready for pick-up almost immediately at the front counter.  Our hamburgers and filet-o-fish were as expected but the fries were perhaps a little tastier….a little crisper. 

Time was running short and we had to leave before we could try some treats from the patisserie counter.   We just may need to return next week.

You deserve a break today…..Vous méritez une pause aujourd’hui

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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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2 Responses to Thursday, September 9th

  1. steve locy says:

    Reminds me when I visited Germany back in the mid 70’s. Burger King had opened a restaurant in Hamburg-it wasn’t doing well until they allowed beer to be sold with meals.

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