The Great France and Spain Adventure of 2014, Chartres, roundabouts, Donna Morris/Best Friend in Paris, Cinq Mars, Mousse au chocolat à discretion, perfect apartment in the 6th:
Sarlat to Chartres to Paris
Drive … Exhausting. Garmin really does expect me to go 130km/81mi. per hour. I find that tiring … And then it rained and rained. Actually, it poured. And then there were the two tractors on the road to Chartres. And the 50 million traffic circles. It’s official, I hate traffic circles. So I missed the 12 o’clock lecture by Malcolm Miller … Tomorrow.
Instead I got to wander around Chartres and peek at the labyrinth.
I am excited for tomorrow. I will plan ahead tonight.
Next up: the train to Paris.
Mousse au chocolat à discretion…For those of you who are confused by this French phrase, it means “help yourself”. I’m still on a chocolate high so let’s start with the dessert. My friend and I are both quite trim, so maybe they were unsuspecting, or just very kind (or perhaps that waitress didn’t know any better and got fired afterwards), but when we asked if we could SPLIT our dessert, they actually brought us one bowl with two spoons. Then they bring out a HUGE serving bowl of chocolate mousse, with perhaps enough for eight normal helpings inside, and leave it on our table. And it was goooooooooood.
Jeff starts scooping out the second round…
I think we ate at least 75% between us. I could have eaten more, but was a bit worried that it would be rude to finish the whole thing — omigod I’ve been in France too long! “Did we eat more than everyone else?” my companion asked when the waitress came to retrieve the bowl. “Non, some people finish it,” she says with a smirk. I should mention