Valence sur Baise, France

by cjj on October 12, 2010

Valence sur Baise

View of the canal and port from the hill at Valence sur Baise.

Valence sur Baise is the place where we hired our first boat. When we arrived there it was wet and windy and we didn’t look around much. The locaboat office was closed so we got our taxi driver to take us to a cafe so that we could wait. He drove us to the town square at the top of the hill and it looked like all the workers in the village were there having lunch, including the locaboat man. No one spoke English, but they were very friendly, and I was able to order 2 beers and lunch (but I didn’t know what lunch, I just agreed to their suggestions).
When we came back down the canal to drop off the boat we went for a walk to see what was there. It is a very interesting, very old town.
You can see the canal in the middle of this photo. Locaboat have an office there and a number of boats for hire.

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Barbara October 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I would love to hear more detail about the meals you are eating in France!

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cjj October 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

good idea. At the moment the local dish is cassoulet. Casserole of white beans, sausage, pork and duck. Each town has a different variation of it. You can buy them ready to heat in a honey glazed terrracotta bowl. I photograph the meals, usually with Jon’s camera because it doesn’t flash, but I will try to get some photos that I can post. My camera has a smaller photo size.

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