A west country escapade

July 31st, 2009

The lure of the coast, in this case on the Atlantic sea, is too strong for the vagabond to resist.  Just a few days away will recharge the flagging batteries with ideas – and samples of melons, brioche, Charente and Deux Sèvres (why is it sometimes called ‘deux chèvres’?) specialties from perch to cheesecake, with a few tastings of west country wines along the way.  Yes, those abundant vines produce more variety than “just cognac” (who knew?).  The freshly churned, sweet Charente butter,  shellfish straight from the Bay of Aiguillon, and Poitou’s stuffed vegetables are on the list to sample.  Not to mention more on mussels/moules, markets, and Romanesque chapels (about 600 in the Poitou alone! this calls for a return trip), and special off-beat details will be in next week’s report. The vagabond is on the move.

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