Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Legend of the Sleepy Owl

The things I don't know about France could fill a very large hat. A large chapeau even. For instance, until a couple of days ago I thought Bordeaux was just a region in France where they made a lot of wine. I had no idea it was a city. You see, this is how little Americans know about Europe. Until two weeks ago I knew virtually nothing about Switzerland. Now I'm pretty much one of the world's leading experts having spent five days there.

Since we've only been in Bordeaux for a few days I'm not yet an expert so today it was time to finally get out and explore this city.

Recreating My "Euro Douche" Look

Over breakfast I tried to recreate my "Euro Douche" look but instead Jen said I looked like a sleepy owl. We'd overslept and spent too long looking for our lost hotel key and missed breakfast so by the time we got to the cafe, ordered our breakfast, then reordered because my hot water was froid, we were ready to get out there and explore.

We did a lot!

The Tiniest Truck at Notre Dame

I saw a tiny truck.

Jen in the Jardin

Jen posed in front of a Garden.

Nate Photographing Some Bees

I photographed some bees.

You know, all the typical tourist traps you'd expect someone to fall into.

Restaurant L'Entrecote in Bordeaux

We needed a place for lunch and there was a restaurant we passed called Restaurant L'Entrecote but after our last trip to France where I was served entrecote multiple times without ever ordering it Jen suggested we go to Paul instead.

Lunch at Paul

Paul is good in that you generally get what you order. This is especially true when Jen orders, not so true when I stumble through an order in French.

"Kathy" Sleeping on Plane
Kathy says: "Paul? You can't be serious! I make it a point to never go to chain restaurants when at home and especially when I'm in Europe! My sherpa, Yum-chen-mo, would not approve! There's only one way to get to truly know a culture and it's not through its busiest cities!

"If beings knew, as I know, the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. Even if it were their last and final bit of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it."
Itivuttaka 18

Cafe Grand, Ascenseur Petit

After lunch we had to split up. Soo I ordered what is considered a large coffee and rode up our tiny elevator to our room.

Jen Manicure

Jen had an exciting adventure which involved drinks and a manicure.

Tour de France in Hotel Room

I had an unexciting adventure which involved watching the Tour de France and napping.

Salade avec Chevre Chaud

Terrine du Saumon

After a quick run to the airport to pick up arriving guests we went out for dinner where I had the hot goat cheese salad and Jen had a salmon terrine.


Saumon Bearnaise

Then it was entrecote (for Jen, not me) and salmon Bearnaise.

Tarte au Poire

Chocolat Mousse

Then we ended our dinner with the pear tart and chocolate mousse.

Rene, Jen, Green Tea, and French Coffee

Nate et Matt avec Affligem

After dinner we headed back to the hotel and had some drinks at a nearby restaurant including these giant Affligem beers.

Nate and Jen with Affligem

Then, to top off a perfect night, I took this picture of myself with no looking where I pretended to be laughing at something. It was in tribute to the Bordelais that asked Matt to take candid shots of them on Monday night. It kind of ruins the effect if I tell you this "candid" shot was totally fake but I'm so proud of the fakeness that I feel someone must know.

Honesty is the best policy.

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