Blue sky and sunshine this morning so after breakfast we cycled to Cazals, another medieval bastide town. We didn't see any peacocks today, just a deer trotting across the road followed by two young fawns.
Cazals is an attractive place with a large market square and a lake where you can fish, swim or hire a pedalo. We stopped by the lakeside for a small picnic. I love a proper picnic. Picnic blanket and cushions with a hamper packed with quiche, cheese, ham, bread, fruit,etc. Not forgetting a bottle of wine or two. Of course that’s not possible when you are travelling by bicycle. So we sat on a bench and ate dried prunes and a banana.
“An excellent source of energy,” I was told, “they will get you up that hill in no time.”
It had been a fairly easy ride into Cazals but there was a long, steep climb on the return journey. It was a relief to ride back through the shady woods to get some respite from the hot sun and for once there were no flies. The prunes worked a treat.
Bananas appear to do it for pro tennis players but it's a bit further along the line that prunes work a treat for us.ReplyDelete
I've just set up the first electric fan of the year.
I love this heat, storms though forecast for tomorrow.Delete
Like you i like so much "big" picnic, and sometimes we do it here,when we ride our cars to our small forests here.ReplyDelete
It's a lovely thing to do, especially with the family.Delete
I am envious of your ability to enjoy doing nothing and I mean that sincerely.ReplyDelete
It comes quite naturally to me. I'm not sure if I'm a sloth or a hedonist.Delete
The only time I go to Cazals is for the big 'troc' in the Summer, and never by bike. I rely on petrol.ReplyDelete
Yes, well somehow I couldn't imagine you pedalo-ing round the lake!Delete
This is why I went for a bike with a basket, I love putting all my picnic goodies in there. Only trouble is that you end up drooling over it the whole way there hehe xReplyDelete
I need to borrow your bike!Delete
Looks wonderful and serene. Picnics are always nice, especially out in the sunny weather. Greetings!ReplyDelete
It was very quiet and peaceful there yesterday morning.Delete
Any picnic is nice if the weather is good.ReplyDelete
It was more of a snack than a picnic. Just wishful thinking on my part.Delete
Doing nothing is my favourite indulgence especially when the weather is good you know :-)ReplyDelete
A snacking in the outdoors always makes me want to eat more too.
Food always tastes better outdoors.Delete
It all sounds so lovely Sue but what on earth is a bastide town? I guess it was full of bastides as the French are renown for their peccadilloes.ReplyDelete
I think that there might be a book in answer to Y.P.Delete
In a nutshell bastides are fortified new towns built in medieval Languedoc, Gascony and Aquitaine during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.Delete