Trying to recreate the past is often a recipe for disaster. There was a danger that this holiday in France might be like trying to relive the great time we had two years ago. All the warning signs were there.
First, we were staying in the same house that we always stay in.
Then we wanted to have Christmas lunch in the same restaurant we ate in two years ago. This time, we invited a couple of friends to join us. As it turned out, the restaurant closed down in the autumn, so we ate elsewhere and the lunch proved to be very different.
We have already been back to Cahors since we’ve been here. There, we had lunch in a restaurant we had seen in the summer but couldn’t get into at that time. Le Marché – situated, you guessed it, right by the marketplace – proved a great find. Stylish décor (pictured) and wonderful food made it a top find.
We’ll revisit Bordeaux for the umpteenth time later this week too. The city is one of the few places in the Aquitaine region where you can enjoy a full day’s retail therapy. I’ll take my credit card just in case.
We have also been to see some familiar faces during our stay, such as our wine man in Issigeac and our other wine man in Cahors. Of course, we have stocked up on some terrific bottles to take home with us.
Yesterday, 3 friends arrived from England to join us for New Year. They’re great company and it’s good to see them here again.
This time, though, the five of us will eat at Le Vieux Logis restaurant in Trémolat while they are here. Having a larger table and some banter will make it different to the romantic meal Damon and I enjoyed there in the summer.
“Yesterday, 3 friends arrived to join us for New Year. They’re great company and it’s good to see them here again”
So, all in all, it’s proving a holiday where we have managed to take the best of the things we’ve enjoyed before and reinvent them. There may be a certain sense of déjà vu about some of the things we’re doing, but we reckon they’re worth repeating.