it’s your jardin préféré in all of france. favorite garden. and it happens to be located in tours at the home of the couple whom you’re so happy to see for a second time.
pork or beef, you can’t remember… but the salad is lettuce, green onions, cilantro, mint, and cucumbers.
straight from the garden, of course.
so it is off to château de chambord and its double spiral staircase designed by perhaps da vinci himself.
art, too. by paul rebeyrolle.
your friend/host pulls out the boîte magique. it takes you completely by surprise. inside there is a tea sachet, chocolate, and a few cookies. it’s the perfect way to perk up since afternon drowsiness was beginning to creep in.
but then your friend asks a question you really can’t say no to: would you like me to pull over?
your friend is talking about the raspberries.
what you love most about tours (besides your friends/hosts) is that here you can completely relax. paris is nice, evreux is nice, but for some reason your best sleeps have occurred here in tours. your current theory is that even when you are tired and worn out in paris, it is physically impossible to rest for you since everything requires a metro ticket or avoiding cars that will run you over or being alert or checking your email or sending texts or meeting up with friends (you’ll never say no to that!) or hearing construction noises – there’s just no escaping the parisian rhythm if you’re in paris.
à table! you’re so happy that humans have to eat three times a day. dinner is a dorade royale wrapped in fig leaves. the english name, thank you wikipedia, is gilt-head bream.
and where do you think the fig leaves came from? it shouldn’t take too much guessing.
a sauce you’re going to make yourself here in texas soon because what you ate in tours wasn’t enough and you’re still craving it. thankfully your home ranks #14 for vietnamese-american population so there won’t be any issue of recreating this sauce.
why, easy: turn it into a crumble. dessert is done.
then off to bed where you sleep, sleep, sleep.
then it’s a whole slew of bisous! bonnes vacances! merci beaucoup! bon voyage! profite-bien! bon courage! donne-nous les nouvelles! rentre-bien! à la prochaine! between you and the couple as you leave tours, completely rested and completely happy.