After so little sleep, it was hard to get up this morning but we were eager to hear the results of yesterday’s election. Both the BBC and French television covered the election in their morning programming. Seeing how thorough their coverage is, I, once again, feel that Americans are too ignorant of world affairs. Who’s the Prime Minister of England? The President of France? The Chancellor of Germany? The President of Italy? What are their political leanings? I must confess…..I don’t know as much as I should, but I daresay most Americans couldn’t answer any of these questions. To function in this world, we must understand it. I hope and pray America doesn’t go the way of the Romans.
Enough proselytizing…..at least for today.
We were gone about 5 hours today…..visiting a friend, stopping for a quick lunch (I had “daube,” a beef stew, and Craig had “pintade,” guinea fowl….warm and hearty dishes in a simple restaurant/bar surrounded by the happy chatter of lots of locals…..usually the sign of good food and good prices; the 3-course lunch with wine was 12.80 euros) and then on to the Intermarche for a little grocery shopping. When we got back, the boats parked in front of the cottage had been moved under the bridge and a large empty barge was parked under the bridge….effectively blocking all traffic (since the locks are closed from November to April, this is probably a moot point). All of the wooden slats forming the bridge’s walkway had been removed and the bridge was barricaded by red and white striped tape. Wish we had been here to see the activity. Next step will probably be draining the canal in front of the cottage. Hmmmm…..we were going to go to Narbonne tomorrow to do laundry but maybe that will have to wait…..we’d like to see how they drain the canal.
Life goes on…..Un clou chasse l’autre