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MONTREUIL SUR MER

Date: 28th October 2013

MONTREUIL

I really like Montreuil or to give it it’s correct name Montreuil sur Mer although the Mer retreated a long time ago.  I've usually visited it en passant so the chance to actually spend time there was not one to be missed.

The town used to be a major stopping point on the route from Calais to Paris and it is Montreuil in which, apparently, Victor Hugo got his idea for a scene setting for Les Miserables.

In some respects, visiting Montreuil is really stepping back in time. It is a walled town and much of it is intact.

I have some very generous friends and they asked me to accompany them on a two day visit. We stayed in the lovely Chateau Montreuil – not a chateau in the accepted sense of the word but rather, what we would call, a Mansion. But the décor was absolutely out of this world. I was so entranced with my bedroom décor that I took photos and measurements of the wonderful drapes behind the bed and the colour scheme which I’d never have thought of embracing – Black and cream. I would dearly love to tear my apartment to pieces and start again but that is a pipe dream.

We arrived at lunchtime and talked the man of the party out of a full blown lunch because we knew we were booked in for a Degustation Dinner at the Chateau – good decision.

After lunch we wandered into the old Church where they were practising for a concert and, had we not been booked in for a Gastronomic delight of a dinner, we’d have changed our plans to attend it.

Walking  around the walls and visiting Antique shops, I persuaded my friend to buy a beautiful bracelet for his wife assuring him that it would save on the Christmas shopping and better to buy her something she really wanted. I’ve still got the little parcel in my flat – no peeking before Christmas Sue.  Peter is one of the most generous men you could hope to meet but I think he sometimes struggles to know what to buy for his wife and the bracelet in the Antique shop was a wonderful opportunity to purchase something I knew she wanted.

We stopped for a coffee in one of those lovely French cafés which explode onto the pavement. As we sat, a man approached and regaled me with compliments in French – some of which I understood but his French was quite accented. Sue said I blushed which is something quite alien to my nature. However it was lovely to be so complimented even if the man was drunk! You see you get to a certain age and a wolf whistle or a compliment, even from a buveur, is rather comforting in that you haven’t completely lost it even if you are being admired through an alcoholic haze.

Our dinner was superb but so good that none of us could do justice to the really full Continental breakfast which was presented in the morning. Each time we thought we’d come to an end of the bread or the patisserie, there was more forthcoming.

We thoroughy enjoyed our visit and I certainly hope to be able to go again.


 

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