A Beautiful Friday in Alsace

Bonjour,

It’s a gorgeous day in Alsace enhanced by delicious food and a visit from more cousins, Marie-Josee and Jean-Paul who live in another small town near Alsace called Beaume-les-Dames.  These two are in their mid 80’s, still going strong and still driving.  We had a wonderful visit over exquisite cuisine prepared by Laurie and special wines selected by Pierre from his impressive wine cellar.

Our appetizer which is called an "entre" in France was melon, olives, whole garlic and anchovies with a small slice of bread.  Pierre is missing because he's the phtographer!

Our appetizer which is called an “entre” in France was melon, olives, whole garlic and anchovies with a small slice of bread. Pierre is missing because he’s the photographer!

Our main course was roast of mutton with a squash  veggie mixture followed by a little cheese for the guys and then an “ice” cake made of meringe cookies and raspberry icecream.  It was a light, cool meal for a warm summer day. Always cafe and chocolate afterwards outside on the patio.  Laurie sets a superb table using lovely Jacquard-Francais linens which by the way, you can purchase at The English Table in Huntsville.

Marie-Josee is Pierre's sister.

Marie-Josee is Pierre’s sister.

Laurie is my special friend of now eight years.  She is exquisitely French, a wonderful cook and hostess extradinarie.

Laurie is my special friend of now eight years. She is exquisitely French, a wonderful cook and hostess extraordinaire.

The fun of the day was a lively conversation involving teaching John-Paul to use his year-old phone!  So funny to watch the cousins laugh, joke and poke fun at each other.  Just a treasure of a good time for Bernie.  I struggled to catch the French flying fast and freely among them, but I managed.

The guys deep in technology conversation!

The guys deep in technology conversation!

John-Paul, 86, and always stylin'!

Jean-Paul, 86, and always stylin’!

 

Brother and sister, cousins Bernie first met in Strasbourg between 1940 and  1945.

Brother and sister, cousins Bernie first met in Strasbourg between 1940 and 1945.

We depart tomorrow afternoon for Paris but love every minute of the time we have here.  We know that the years are fewer than before and we try to take full advantage of seeing each other whenever possible.

Probably, no blog tomorrow but will catch up on Sunday.

Best,

Linda & Bernie