Sun, October 16, 2016
Given I was a bit behind on the blogging, I tried to make a concerted effort this weekend to address that. The weather cooperated on Saturday by being poor but on Sunday, we were treated to a beautiful sunny day, with temperatures hovering about 18 degrees. I just knew I couldn't stay inside so commissioned Nico to provide me with a good walking or bike route. Thierry then readied his bike for me and off I went to explore. For part of the way, I was able to ride next to a nearby canal (not to be confused with the 'quenelle' (a French morsel), which apparently is how I pronounce it). I appreciated the quiet water route and the even quieter country scenes between 'les petites villages' of Ludres, Messein and Fléville-devant-Nancy (usually truncated to Fléville). Having enjoyed the first part of the route immensely, once I reached Fléville, I had to pay the piper as it was uphill all the way back to Ludres. It's likely the first time I've biked between three towns in one afternoon, but that's Europe for you.
Upon my return, I took advantage of the leftover 'tartiflet' Myriam had made for lunch; it's much like a scalloped potato dish we might make, with lots of bacon, and covered in cheese, baked to a golden brown. I had made pumpkin pie on Saturday with my cache of pumpkin pie filling (imported all the way from Canada!) and that went over well until it was superseded by Myriam's mirabelle cake. It seems we all prefer what's familiar to us: I, the pie; and the others, the cake.
I also went to see another French movie at Ludres' movie theatre; this one was a comedy called Radin and stared Danny Boone, a French actor I had seen in another movie recently with Myriam. It seems, like the British TV series actors, there are only a handful of well-known French actors and they keep getting recycled for the popular French films.