Day 20: Going Local

Posted by on May 7, 2022 in Travel Update | 4 Comments

We love to experience local traditions and customs when we travel, including attending sporting events. So I was excited (Laurie less so) to hear that there was a rugby game being played in the town where we are spending the night.

Unfortunately, we got here too late to attend.

We did manage to go to a local market in one of the towns on our route. It seems as if each town schedules their market the day before we get there or the day after we leave. But our timing worked out today and we picked up supplies for a good French sandwich and fresh strawberries. We also got to see a show of classic cars. The kind that are so ugly they are cute.

We have gone local enough that we can make simple jokes, or be the good natured subject of a joke. When I asked, in French, about the location of the bathroom in a small town, the owner of a local cafe pointed to the back side of a church. Then laughed, and indicated “les toilette” on the town square. Turns out the toilette is one of the more ”traditional” models from the last century. Maybe we should have gone behind the church.

Fortunately, most toilets are more modern.

Much of our route today was through forests and fields again, with a few small towns located perfectly for a break. We are seeing many of the same people again and getting to know them and here their personal stories. The grain crops are more mature. Was fun seeing the green stalks wave in breeze so though I would share it with you.

Grain waving in the morning breeze

4 Comments

  1. Jim Rooks
    May 13, 2022

    Hope they rebuild that church!

    • Dennis Brooke
      May 14, 2022

      Looked like they planned to. Hard to read the signs about it though.

  2. Mom
    May 9, 2022

    The toilet was better than the hole in the floor in France when we were there when the Berlin was coming down.
    Do you know what grain it was. I know not wheat but was it rape? I learned that it is called canola here. You can use all kinds of bad language but shouldn’t use rape or Bitch as in female dog. Funny.

    • Laurie
      May 9, 2022

      Not sure what the grain was, looked like wheat, but we’ve seen a few different ones that looked like wheat. We have seen rape/canola, it has a really pretty yellow flower. A pilgrim mentioned that it’s used as cattle feed sometimes rather then letting it mature to seed.