Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 22 Aufust 2017 - T for wine and travels

Good morning lovely ladies, (and the occasional gentleman)

No postcard today. We are travelling and I have no scanner available. I am glad that I found hotels with decent Wifi. Oh yes, they all say they have wifi, but often it is useless.

Here I am in France! We left home on Friday afternoon and travelled quite a way up through Spain. We ended up in the antique town of Teruel. Lots of Roman legacy:
This was round the corner from the hotel:
 One is a viaduct and the other an aquaduct, both dating from Roman times.

As you can see, there are several.

This church was also round the corner (I took these pictures while hubby was loading the cases into the car)

Then I walked back and saw this:

A bit of street art always makes me smile. Before I knew it, I had realized I had walked into a different street, and had lost my bearings. I walked around in  circle of little streets until I had found the hotel again. Phew!

This was the hostal where we stayed:

A beautifully restored old building, with lovely brick work.
Saturday we crossed the Pyrenees into France and that evening we looked in every town and village for hotels, but they were all fully booked! We found out there was a Confiture Festival (jam) and there was not a bed to be had. So we drove on, getting a bit desparate. We found this grotty looking place along the road and stopped. 
They had a room, and served an evening meal. The room was small but clean. And we were served by a delightful gay couple, one of which spoke English.
The dining room was in a sort of conservatory:

 The meal was excellent. After two first courses, we had a main course of duck breast and chips. Yumm!
When we asked about wifi, the chap admitted it wasn't very good. He asked if I had a computer or did we need it for our phones. I told him I had a computer. He gave me a direct input lead that plugged directly into my computer and we had the best connection we have had so far on our trip!

The next day, Sunday, we drove on and although I love map reading and choosing my route, we had the satnav on just to check distances and timings. Our Tomtom told us we could be in St Malo (Brittany) in the evening. Yippee! That would be a day too early, but who cares!

We made it to St Malo on Sunday evening and checked into the hotel that we had booked for the Monday night. Fortunately they had a room. We were delighted.
This is it. A functional budget hotel (a bit like a motel in the US). They give you a code to open the door. This was our room:
We hadn't had supper, and the hotel didn't do meals apart from a breakfast buffet. We wandered around looking for a place to eat and found this van selling crêpes. 
When I asked her if I could take pictures, she invited me inside her little van:
We chose cheese and ham, so here it is:
Here is hubby patiently waiting and 'chatting up' the lady's daughter who wrapped the parcels for us to take away.
They were very delicious, I must say. And filling too.

Have I shown you a drink yet? Today is Elizabeth and Bleubeard's T-Party and any blog post with a drink photo or even just a mention is invited to join.
This is in our room this afternoon. Lovely French bread and red wine and cheese, delicious salted butter and a small quiche. A meal fit for a king!

We spent the day in the old walled city of St Malo today, but I will leave the photos until another time.
I wish you all a happy T-Day,
Hugs from France,


  1. Oh what a beautiful time you are having Lisca! And how I love the Bretagne area which is where my aunt and uncle lived. I spent many vacations there and relish the memories which you have brought me back to yet again. What I wouldn't do for that crepe, and bread cheese and French wine...thanks for sharing and happy T day!

  2. Looks like you are having a wonderful time seeing a bit of France too. I'll take some fresh crepes too. Yum! Happy T Day. erika

  3. Oh how perfect. That street art was fabulous, and the aqueducts and viaducts were priceless to see.

    I really enjoyed taking this trip with you and I hope you will share more of your adventures next Tuesday. I had duck once as a child and didn't like it. I didn't care for any dark meat, even when I was eating meat. But I would love a cheese crepe and even a good quiche. French bread, real butter, and cheeses are reasons I could NEVER be a vegan. Your lovely spread was truly fit for a king (and queen). You can drink the wine, and I'll have water or coffee, thank you. Thanks for taking us on your travels from Spain to France and for sharing your meals and wine with us for T this Tuesday.

  4. Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip. Love the little hotel you stayed at, it is possible to find simple places which are still good to stay at and which serve good food. Love the street art and the Roman aqueducts. Enjoy your holiday adventure, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Certainly looks like the trip is going well and you have already seen some wonderful sites and eaten wonderful delights as well.

    Have a very happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. "Ocasional" Gentleman? Ha,I ALWAYS read you posts with pleasure.;-)

    1. I think you are the only gentleman follower I have.

  7. Oh My! You really are finding some great places on your travels! Whetting my appetite too for some French food! St Malo is a delightful place to stay! Have a great trip! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Just popped back to say - if there is time while you are in Cheshire would you like to meet up? Reply on my blog and we will find a way…Cx

  9. What a wonderful French adventure you're having 😁. I loved travelling with you and looking around at the architecture and street art 😁. The hotels you have found look lovely too and the food sure is fit for a king especially your bread, cheese, quiche and wine - delicious! Happy Travels dear Lisca and wishing you much happiness this T Day! J 😊

  10. Lisca i so enjoy when you take us with you! So nice of your hubby to be so tolerant of you taking photos for the T party... Thank you hubby! All your food looks yummy and your drink... The photos are marvelous! Happy happy t day! Hugs! deb

  11. You seem to be having a wonderful holiday. The photos you have shared looked wonderful.
    All the food looks delicious, The bread and cheeses really appealed to me and have memories going in my head again.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  12. What a wonderful adventure, Lisca. The town of Teruel with all the Roman structures is incredible! They're awe-inspiring to this girl from the U.S. midwest. Except for native American structures dating back as far a 750 AD in only a couple of states, most of our historic buildings in the U.S. date from the 1500s forward.

    That "grotty looking place" in France turned out to be quite a find, even though the room was small. Love the picture of hubby ready to dig into that duck breast.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  13. Oh, what a wonderful trip, and it looks like you're landing on your feet even when you stay in an unexpected place :) The food all looks perfect!

    Happy T Tuesday

  14. Sounds delightful! I think the best kind of trip is when you have unexpected nice surprises, like the yummy food at the place that didn't look too great from outside. 😉 Looking forward to seeing the next installment!

  15. Sounds like a very fun trip so far-I love reading about all of your trips-awesome with the help for your wifi and food looks delicious enjoy the rest of your trip
    Happy T Day Kathy

  16. sorry for being late... i was on a street art Exhibition yesterday, so of course i totally love that painting of the car! and seems you have a good trip! may you find a bed easily each day! good luck!