Sunday, November 15, 2009

Betty and Loulou's adventures, Part 3

A new, cozy and colorful salon de thé called "La Toile Cirée

(2014 Post-script: La Toile Cirée is now closed)

Until the day before she came, I was ever so excited about Loulou's visit to Rodez, planned for the 10th and 11th of November.

Then Rodez went weather-crazy, as it is known to do.

I had to go into town on Monday the 9th: the wind was whipping, it was pouring sheets of rain, and it was just oh-so-barely over freezing. I also found out that Chez Marie, the cheese merchant/restaurant that Loulou really wanted to try out, was going to be closed for those two days.

"This is a terrible idea," I started to think. "She's going to hate Rodez" -- who doesn't when the weather gets so dreadful? "She's going to freeze to death."

Well, she did freeze, although not to death, but my other dire predictions did not come true.

The weather was downright chilly, true, but we were able to warm up over hot chocolate at a new salon de thé that I had never been to. And Loulou liked Rodez, calling it "sophisticated" (!) and well kept-up.

(Shadows in the Rodez cathedral; photo courtesy of Loulou)

Rodez does have its dark, gloomy side, as we discovered in the shadows of Notre Dame de Rodez. And I learned that it is mossy. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I had never noticed the moss, but Loulou pointed it out to me. Yep, it's there.

She even claims that cattle she had seen as she was driving up had moss growing on them, but my husband and I are still waiting for photographic proof on that one!

Speaking of photos, I suffered two camera malfunctions, one on each day, so I don't have much to show for her visit -- but take a look at her blog for a lovely shot of Le Trou de Bozouls, which is ten minutes from where we live.

Loulou, thanks for braving the elements and making the your way to Aveyron!


Dedene said...

Inspite of the weather, it's great that you had a good time. Isn't is fun to be able to really meet virtual friends?

Tinsie said...

That salon de thé is looking very colourful. I'm sure it balanced out the greyness of Rodez in crappy weather!

Betty C. said...

Actually the weather wasn't that bad on the days she came -- just cold. The rain stopped, which was lucky!

Laura in Paris said...

You tell us plenty with a few shots and your words and we know that Loulou enjoyed her stay, that's what counts!

Loulou said...

It was a wonderful 24 hours and I truly enjoyed seeing another bit of la belle France.
Merci Betty! You are a wonderful tour guide and I can't wait to come back and see all of the things we didn't get to see (and eat!)

nodamnblog said...

An interesting decor in the salon de the. :-)

spacedlaw said...

Cattle would only have moss on their northern side, so it's easy to miss.