Settled in to Aline’s mums (Madeleine) place remarkably quickly and then it was straight into party mode, though not without a stop at the hairdressers for a new do… Side part. No quiff. Sorry fans of the quiff, but it is on a temporary holiday, at least until it decides to rebel and overcome the constant brushing down which it requires to maintain my new frenchie look. Here’s me with said side part enjoying a mushroom omelette at St Malo (description of this day to follow).

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Many of you have probably seen the photos posted on FB of our nights of partying away with all of Aline’s friends. So I don’t need to cover that, which is fortunate because I didn’t take any photos. Anyway Rennes is a very cool little city/town, the population is around 300K which is a good size I think. They have everything here you could really want, even a New Zealand Coffee Shop, which just so happens to be owned by the husband of a friend of Aline’s. Its all very convenient and he actually makes decent espresso. We had a big chat about the state of coffee in France, and established that though they actually do have some good beans available the French generally don’t like very strong/delicious coffee. Unusual for a cafe culture. Oh well they compensate through excellent food and wine, which I am happily taking advantage of. Speaking of which, we had lunch here…

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Which you may be able to work out is an organic, vegetarian restaurant. Boom! Delicious times. Unlike Aline I am not very good at taking photos of my food. However it was all very delectable. Vege burger with celeriac chips and salad. Plus they had an organic hot sauce which was so awesome I bought a bottle. Wine was available in a keg and you simply poured the amount desired into a carafe. A wonderful system. Attached is an organic food coop where this little gem was discovered.

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Not spelled the same, but whatever. Then Aline found her new favourite beverage… Cabbage juice!

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Ok so then came the Rennes Saturday markets. Holy mackerel they were excellent. Beat the shit out of any market in Australia. Even Victoria Markets which I love. Organic bread, cheese, wine, fruit & vege with many varieties I hadnt even seen before. Giant tomatoes, squashed white pumpkins, crazy times. A massive array of seafood. We bought cheese, wine and bread, tiny strawberries which tasted like strawberry Nerds. There’s a bit of chinese food too, so we had crab pancakes and vege fritters. Mmmmm. Here’s a shot of one part of the markets…

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And here are some crabs! Poor little guys…

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Then lunch…

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After feasting at the markets we came home to Madeleine who had baked this beautiful vege tart. She is an excellent cook and prepares delightful meals for us everyday! Such a joy to be staying at someone’s house who cooks well and is so hospitable.

Well that’s enough for the moment. More adventures to come so stay tuned!

 

 

 

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