France, Day 3: Poppies Are For Remembrance

17 Nov

I started the day by giggling with Viv in bed again.  It was my favourite part of the holiday.

Viv suggested we write a collaborative poem, a renga.  The theme was obvious: it was Remembrance Day in Britain.  The French celebrate on 6 June as well as 11 November, I learned.  See more here.

Here is the view from Viv’s house:

In one of those fields, on 6 June, 1944, a plane came down, killing all the RAF airmen on board.  The people of Viv’s village erected a memorial to them, at the end of Viv’s road.  The memorial is kept clean and tidy.  Unlike so many British memorials, there is no graffiti, no urinating, no defacing of it.  Viv and Jock took us down just before eleven and we waited for the bell to ring out in the distance, from the village, then laid our poppy and kept the two minute silence.  The Hub and I feel that to be in France on Remembrance Day was both special and moving.  It was an honour.

Viv and Jock then took us out to lunch in Granville, to their favourite restaurant.  I do like to be beside the seaside!  The view was excellent and the food superb.  The French waiters were not the condescending snoots of tv legend, but were patient, helpful and efficient.  The restaurant was small but charming – and full.  The French eat well and linger over their meals: a civilised habit I am going to acquire.  They also take their Yorkshire Terriers along; I like that habit too, as do my own Yorkies, Molly and Toby, I’m sure.  The dog was as well behaved as the many children in the restaurant.  We wouldn’t have noticed them if they hadn’t been pointed out to us as models of how children should behave in a restaurant.  We Brits could learn a lot by taking regular holidays in France.

The food was delicious but you’ll have to go over to Viv’s blog for pictures – once again, I preferred eating to snapshotting.  I had a starter of bacon and lettuce, a main of cod and veg, and vanilla ice cream for afters.  It sounds much more exotic in French and, believe me, it tastes it, too.  I ordered my own dessert: Coupe deux boules; vanille.  Aren’t I clever?  It only took an hour to learn.

We walked lunch off with a stroll around the lovely town of Granville.  We saw a corsair, whose fascinating story you can read at Viv’s blog.  Then it was home again, with afternoon naps for Viv and the Hub (in separate rooms) and a guided tour of the garden for me from Jock.  We had a late, light dinner of quiche and salad but there was room for leftover cake & tart, of course.

I am not a great wine drinker, but that is because I don’t have access to great wine.  I enjoyed a glass with every meal in France (except breakfast; I’m not a lush) and it is possible I have acquired yet another French habit.  Time will tell.  Hic.


44 Responses to “France, Day 3: Poppies Are For Remembrance”

  1. Piglet in Portugal November 17, 2011 at 13:33 #

    I love the way the French linger over their meals!


  2. Pseu November 17, 2011 at 13:45 #

    That photo of the field in mist is so lovely.

    And I reckon the wine habit is ‘a good idea’ all round. 🙂 but not with your cereal.


  3. Big Al November 17, 2011 at 14:10 #

    What a great trip for you and the Hub. We were in Normandy a couple of years ago. It’s such a beautiful area it’s hard to conceive of the carnage that took place there. Viv’s place looks like a dream setting.

    For your info, it’s fine to have wine (champagne) for breakfast as long as you call it a Mimosa.


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 10:57 #

      Now that’s the kind of thinking I like 🙂


  4. kateshrewsday November 17, 2011 at 14:34 #

    The view from Viv’s house is just stunning, Tilly! And the Remembrance photographs are beautiful.Moving.


  5. Lorna's Voice November 17, 2011 at 14:51 #

    I’m loving that you’re loving this French Connection! Save the corks and make something goofy with them as a way to remember–I know poppies are prettier, but corks float (you never know when that might come in handy). 😉


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 10:58 #

      That has to be the most useful advice I’ve ever heard 🙂


  6. nrhatch November 17, 2011 at 14:58 #

    Love the view from Viv’s house. So glad you enjoyed your stay. 😀


  7. laurieanichols November 17, 2011 at 16:08 #

    The pictures are so lovely. My cousin lives in Franqueville just outside of Rouen and I spent a week with her in the lovely Normandie region the food is delicious. I agree with you about the seaside. I love how you and Viv spend the mornings together celebrating your love of poetry.


  8. gigihawaii November 17, 2011 at 17:27 #

    I love champagne at any meal, breakfast included, and you don’t have to order it as a mimosa. Straight champagne, please!


  9. colonialist November 17, 2011 at 17:41 #

    What a memorable occasion!
    Your reminder about Remembrance Day (Poppy Day)struck quite an emotional chord with me. There used to be a parade by Natal Mounted Rifles (now disbanded and commemoration of the day in SA seems to have been discontinued). For many years they would play a march written by my late mother ‘Delville Wood’ at the occasion. I once put the piano version up on my other blog on this day.
    Methinks I must score it for military band (I don’t have the version they used) and record it.


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:02 #

      That is so interesting to know. Do you have a link? I’d love to hear it.


  10. colonialist November 17, 2011 at 17:58 #

    btw – Was that on 11th November? That’s when it was celebrated in SA.


  11. vivinfrance November 17, 2011 at 18:01 #

    I enjoyed your view of things. Remembrance Day IS celebrated on 11.11 in France, but because of the ongoing roadworks, the memorial in the village was surrounded by heaps of stone, so they held the service in another village not far away. The 6th June celebration is an extra. see


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:04 #

      Ooops! I remember now. I’ll fix it. Things tend to get muddled when you pack so much in.


  12. SchmidleysScribbling November 17, 2011 at 18:16 #

    Lovely post today. I don’t drink at all owing the heart issues and conflict with meds, alas. Enjoy one for me. Food sounds wonderful. Beautiful shots, reminded me of a trip I took to Gibralter where the tombstones of dead Brits from Trafalgar are mounted permanently on a wall. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:06 #

      I have always thought that Americans do wonderful memorials. Watching Billy Connolly a while back, he showed the Oklahoma bombing memorial. Fabulous. But the important thing is to remember.


  13. granny19471947 November 17, 2011 at 18:33 #

    What a view…..hope I get something like that when I move from here.


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:10 #

      Why would you move? You live in a beautiful place.


  14. Ron. November 17, 2011 at 18:41 #

    I must, most definitely, get out more. Maybe I’ll walk down to the village someday.


  15. Hattie November 17, 2011 at 21:53 #

    Dang! I wish I could have been there. I get homesick for Europe, especially France and Spain, living out here in Hawaii.


  16. belleofthecarnival November 18, 2011 at 00:04 #

    Can I visit viv? It all looks so wonderful and lovely!


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:11 #

      It is and it was and I’m sure you can. I’d suggest you start with her blog first, though 🙂


  17. barb19 November 18, 2011 at 01:03 #

    Great view from Viv’s house!
    The French have got it right – relaxing and lingering over their meals, savouring every moment of both food and conversation.


  18. Perfecting Motherhood November 18, 2011 at 03:25 #

    Normandy is one of my favorite places in France, it’s just beautiful. Too bad you didn’t have enough time to visit St Malo.

    Wow, I can’t believe you landed in Beauvais but were staying next to Granville! Did you know you could have taken the ferry to get there? 😉


    • Tilly Bud November 18, 2011 at 11:13 #

      Because we had to take the cheapest flights, it got quite complicated. We’ll go a different way next time.


  19. Cindy November 18, 2011 at 06:06 #

    I’ve been dreaming of saving up for a trip to France next year, you are doing a lot to convince me 🙂


  20. misswhiplash November 18, 2011 at 11:22 #

    What a great story and some lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them


  21. eof737 November 21, 2011 at 14:14 #

    That view from her home is gorgeous… sad to read about the tragedy that occurred there…. Nothing beats a leisurely French meal. 🙂


  22. bluebee November 29, 2011 at 12:45 #

    What a view! Gorgeous photo



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