Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Last Wednesday we went to experience the out door dance show in the Roman Amphitheatre. On route we spent the day in Orange,a lovely city also with a Roman amphitheatre.

We checked into our chambre D’Hote, where the owner gave us a recommendation on where to eat. During our meal the sky became illuminated by lightening, soon followed by thunder then rain. It was the first rain of the season, for over two hours it fell , torrentially with the river lit by the fork lightening and the restaurant, now only lit by candles after losing power shaken by the thunder.

In Provence we really do have seasons ! Sadly the show was cancelled as was there Thursday performance. Would you believe there next destination – Lebannon !

Anyway back to our meal in Vaison -after our aperitif our meal began with an ‘amuse bouche’- a taste to the mouth - raw Tuna topped with crumble in a very small glass complimented by a tapenade (crushed black Olives) with thin toast. As a starter I had marinated Sardine fillets on a puff pastry base whilst Karen had gaspachio with a Goats cheese base, served in a tall glass.

For main I had Pinetade stuffed with escargot and Karen had salmon, both beautifully cooked and served, accompanied by a dry white wine from Mont Ventoux. For dessert I had a trio of chocolate including a warm sponge with hot chocolate filling, Karen had warm Apricots with ice cream and this was accompanied by a sweet red wine. As if we were not full enough a ‘après’ dessert followed of more chocolate complimented by a Pastis flavoured Turkish Delight. Of course the evening would not have been complete with out a glass of red wine and coffee but at least we were restrained and missed the cheese course ! The cost of this meal was 60 pounds for everything and it was superb.

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