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Date: 26th November 2010


One of the benefits of living in East Kent is easy access to France.

A few years ago, before the Euro strengthened, my friends and I used to pop across the channel on Eurotunnel (which I always said I’d never use because of slight claustrophobia but it beats choppy seas).

What we saved on buying our wine in France usually paid for a great lunch. Well that isn’t the case any more. Sainsbury and Tesco have closed and the choice of wines in Carrefour and Auchun is very limited in so far as New World wines are concerned.  I’m a great lover of South African wines – particularly Pinotage which I find mellow, fruity and relatively full bodied. Actually I have Champagne taste and lemonade money because the French Wines I’d like to buy are all up in the £20+ per bottle range.

Anyway, my friends needed to buy wine for a festive function and invited me along. We did our shopping and then indulged in a great lunch at the Cote d’Argent just on the outskirts of Calais. We’ve been there often and though the price has been creeping up over the years, the meals still represents excellent value. There’s a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and you can see the Ferries sailing into the harbour.

I ventured to ask the Proprietor – Bertrand – if the name Rene Mouchotte meant anything to him. Bien sur – there is a primary school and a road named after Rene. Unfortunately we didn’t have a map nor the time to go looking for the school but in the better weather and next time we go over, I shall definitely try to locate it.

It’s been snowing heavily here for a couple of hours – and we are supposed to be in an era of Global Warming! The snow is coming earlier and earlier, heavier and heavier and lasting much longer than it ever used to do.

From a very cold England – Bye for now, Jan.

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