May 26 - Vaison-la-Romaine
For the cyclists, this was an official rest day. For everyone, it was Market Day. Each Tuesday the streets are blocked off and vendors from everywhere set up their booths. People from everywhere come to town to shop. Food, clothes, appliances, plants and more are being sold. More specifically, we saw pottery, clothes, soap (mostly lavender), candy, roasted chickens, hardware, many varieties of sausage, honey, olives, belts and wallets, mattresses, sewing machines, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, sun glasses, purses, hats, kitchen supplies, spices, flowers, plants, garden supplies and more.
We spent at least two hours there before heading back to the hotel.
For lunch, we went to a very small tea shop Thé Chez Toi! below our hotel for quiche and tea. The owners are a young couple. Daan plays the guitar and sings folk songs. We had a good time talking to them about their travels and future travel plans. Emilie is French and Daan is from Holland.
Dinner was on our own tonight. We went to La Lyriste which was recommended by our hotel owners. We had a little trouble finding the restaurant mainly because we walked past it and misread our map. When we found it, we were a little late for our reservation, but it didn't matter. It was still early for a French meal. The restaurant was small, about a dozen tables. It was nicely decorated with Provençal themes. It was very quiet. The staff spoke almost no English and the reader board for the meals obviously was in French. We chose our meals based on some French words that looked familiar. Our meal was very good. I started with a mousse of some kind of cheese. The color was pink. Even so, it was very tasty. I had veal as a main course while Ann had salmon. Dessert was a wonderful chocolate concoction for me a creme brûlée for Ann.