Field trip! We found out there’s a boating supply store in Saint Cyprien…..a small port town on the Mediterranean about an hour and a half away…..so we decided to check it out and then loop back through the countryside to the cottage.
As always, it was windy on the drive down…..how many other highways have windsocks? We easily found the town, but not the port. After circling through roundabout after roundabout, we finally found signs to the beach….and then to the port. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, the store (Marine Service Catalan… “English spoken”) was closed for lunch. That left little for us to do but find a restaurant where we could settle in for a few hours.
Finding a seafood restaurant wasn’t difficult….La Tonnelle, with a view of the harbor, was right around the corner. Perfect! We both ordered the three-course menu and started with a salad dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette and topped with goat cheese toasts.
Then we moved on to seafood…..calamari for me and loup-de-mer (Mediterranean sea bass) for Craig…..accompanied with ratatouille, rice and a broiled tomato. The calamari was very mild…..a little sauce would have gone a long way…..but the loup was delicious…..a light, white fish that only needed a squeeze of lemon to bring its flavor to life. The savory accompaniments perfectly balanced the mild seafood. For dessert? Catalan Creme (known in other parts of France as Creme Brulee) and Chocolate Mousse…..good but not spectacular.
After lunch, it was still too early for the store to reopen, so we strolled along the marina. The morning clouds had lifted…. or perhaps were pushed away by the strong winds….but the warm sun was shining though a clear blue sky as the boats swayed in their moorings.
All too soon, 2:00 rolled around and it was time to return to the store. A water pump, oil filter and fire extinguisher later, we were on the road headed toward the back country of Languedoc…..
charming…but isolated… towns and villages and
It was a beautiful drive but it made us even more appreciative of the cottage…..where countless towns are within easy reach.
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong…………..John Denver