Yet another slow day…..so we drove into Narbonne to do laundry. Going on Saturday was a big mistake….parking was limited and the laverie was packed. Hmmm…..what to do? It was almost noon, so we parked near the canal and found our way to a brasserie that served galettes (buckwheat crepes with savory fillings). I had one with tomato, proscuitto, potato, egg and cheese…..Craig’s was filled with Strasbourg sausage, crème fraiche, egg and cheese. Galettes with a small bottle of red wine…..a very nice start to the afternoon.
The brasserie was decorated for Christmas in the very non-traditional colors of black and white. Not traditional, but very striking and festive. Our salt and pepper shakers were a white angel and a black devil….in an embrace. Each table was adorned with a small white Christmas tree festooned with blue and black ornaments. Outside, American Christmas songs were playing. Ah yes, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
Narbonne’s Christmas market was just getting underway. Wood chalets lined both sides of the canal. Unlike the other Christmas markets we’ve been to, this one had more food items available….both as gifts and to “emporter” (takeway) to the wine barrel seating scattered throughout the market. An Alsatian variation of Vin Chaud using white wine warmed us as we walked through the market.
All too soon, it was time to return to reality and the laundry. Interestingly, the laverie machines only accepts coins but doesn’t have a change machine. We only had enough change to start one load so Craig volunteered to get a cup of coffee at a nearby brasserie. It’s impolite to ask a business for change, but a small purchase a guarantees that you’ll get a handful of coins. A quick espresso later and we were all set for our afternoon at the laverie.
La propreté est voisine de la piété…..cleanliness is next to godliness