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July 13th 2008
Published: July 13th 2008
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We left Crocq this morning at around 9:30 am heading in the direction of Lupersat, to the north. They have a Sunday market there and we were going to see what it was like. BUT we didn't find Lupersat! I don't know how I missed the sign pointing to Lupersat, but we drove right by it and ended up in Bellgarde-en-Marche. We were going to go there anyway and when we arrived we found they had a Sunday flea market happening in the main street! We walked around and checked out the wares of the vendors but there wasn't really much of interest. So, on we went further to the northwest to Chénérailles. We knew there was a "brocante et antiquities" fair there and we were delighted to see that it had very beautiful and very impressive goods. Most WAY out of our price range and/or too big to buy (until I move here!) but it was a lot of fun looking and oohing and awwing at the beautiful furniture, crystal, dishes, etc. After we left Chénérailles, we headed a bit more north to Gouzon where we found a lovely little restaurant and stopped in for "déjeuner" (lunch). Since the restaurant
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was in the Place de l'église, we had to go into the church and check it out! We continued east to Chambon-sur-Voueize which is a gorgeous little town in a valley. The church in this town is actually an abbey church. You can tell because it has a choir area where the monks always sat apart from the lay people. Beautiful wood carvings adorn the choir area. The monks would never sit on plain wooden benches! After Chambon we continued east to évaux-les-Bains which appears to be a mineral spa water town. The church there was stunning and very large. Then we headed back down south home to Crocq in the pouring rain. We hung out at the house until 8 pm when Pascal, Chantal and their friend, Sylvette, came to pick us up to go to a community "grillade" (BBQ) up in the hills near St. Georges Nigremont. It was well-attended but very cold! It must have been about 8C and wet from all the rain. But, the food, drink and company were excellent! Luckily, Sylvette could speak about as much English as I can French and we could all have a decent conversation! We had sangria or port for an aperitif, a rice, carrot, peas and beans salad with bread and brie for entrée, BBQ pork chops and fried potatoes for the main dish and ice cream cones for dessert. We were so cold we didn't hang around for the "feu d'artifices" (fire works)! We got home about 11 pm and are about ready to tuck ourselves in to warm up and sleep well! Good night!

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