While in France last month, we stayed at the De Fleurus Bed & Breakfast in Pezenas.
We met a wonderful couple Jo & Ken. We had breakfast together each day and as we talked about our move to South of France, we realized how much we had in common with them, as they are also planning on moving to France, in fact to a small village just fifteen minutes away from us.
They invited us to go to dinner with them to a restaurant in Neffies, the village that they want to move to. The restaurant served local homemade food that was delicious and each table had a pitcher of water on it that had a unique shape to it. We had the frog pitcher. It is in the presentation, even when it comes to pouring the water.
As the week went on, the four of us got along so well that we were now meeting them for wine each evening. The evening that we met Claude was quite an experience, but that is a whole new story for another day.
We also met them at a beautiful beach in Agde where we got caught in a sand storm. The strong wind seemed to just appear and after awhile of sunbathing, it was time to find a place to have lunch to recuperate and relax. After a nice walk along the river we found just the place to relax and enjoy the sunshine – La Perle Noire, where the tables were set up on a boat that floated right on the water. Here it was calm and relaxing and the food was so fresh and tasty.
Our friendship did not end there it continues in England as they invited us to visit them at their house in the Yorkshire Dales.
We had to plan this visit quickly before we move to France and they sell their house – it is officially on the market.
It was a beautiful drive from Lincoln to Giggleswick, stopping in Skipton for a fish & chips lunch.
Onward to Settle to meet our friends for a welcome drink at The Talbot Arms, a local pub.
When we called to confirm details of the weekend, Ken told us that he forgot that he had agreed to let a group of students and their leaders involved in a national program called the Duke of Edinburgh begin their day long hike from his house.
We assured him that we would join both of them as they began the hike with the group and then continue on with Jo & Ken on our own trail through the Yorkshire Dales.
The hike took us through a beautiful landscape of hills and dales.
The area is known for its stone walls that are made by hand, some from hundred of years ago.
We were walking among a variety of sheep, as well as horses and Highland Cattle.
It was a lovely weekend – warm weather & sunshine, good food, good conversation with our new good friends. We are looking forward to having them as neighbours in France sometime soon.
Oh and if any of you know of someone interested in buying their house in the Yorkshire Dales please call the number on the for sale sign in the picture above.