Following a 9 hour flight from Bangkok to Paris, and a 2 + hour train, we were greeted with a touch of spring in Valence, France. With one night at a quintessentially french AirBnB (way too short for this sweet village) we were ready to “let the pet sitting begin”.
Our first stop was a month stay near Crest (pronounced Cray) in the small village of Chabrillan (population: maybe 600). Steve and Vonny Kent were off to Australia and they entrusted us with their home, Jasper, their totally indifferent cat named Tinx, beautiful, healthy egg laying hens and the challenge of a marine aquarium.
Vonny was kind enough to show us around before leaving. While doing so, she introduced us to their friends Frances and Pete. We hit it off and, with Jasper and their dog, spent plenty of time together, especially a couple of amazing lunches. Isn’t it interesting how we attract foodies to our life all over the world?
Frances and Pete are ex UK’ers who have been living in France for 15+ years. They have traveled all over the world , including a three year RV stint throughout the U.S. Their home in Roche Grane had a jaw-dropping view of the Pre-Alps.
Our favorite dining experience while in Crest was at La Salle A Manger. The food was perfect in taste and presentation. It was pure pleasure to meander through each course enjoying a relaxed midday respite from a otherwise hectic day (not really). Each time we had lunch there, once with Vonny & Steve (home owners) and once with Bev, John and of course Jasper we exclaimed “we will return” and “a bientot”. As seen here, we even got to know the owners pretty well.
From Crest we headed to Bordeaux for some “tweener time” meaning time between pet sits. This is a great mid-sized city with charisma, really great food, loads of history, beautiful architecture, lots to see and do, and, did we mention really great food (and bread…and cheese….and wine!).
Our first day began with lunch at Le Brasserie des Chartrons. What a start. We’ll never forget the Cappuccino Beetroot Mousse. For that matter, we’ll not soon forget our favorite boulangier, Au Pétrin Moissagais. The bread at this place is seriously addictive. We could definitely live in Bordeaux.
Moving on to the next Pet Sitting assignment, we headed for Lauzun, about 45 minutes by train from Bordeaux.. What a blast we had. Wonderful, friendly homeowners, 3 terrific cats with different but really fun personalities, a gorgeous home, in a friendly community, with a village a twenty-minute walk away.
This home was so beautiful with a great kitchen, comfy large living room, and plenty of space for the three cats – Pretty Kitty, Spot and Chanel.
No matter where we went in the house or the yard, Pretty Kitty, the ruler of the roost, was always watching, making sure that the other cats did not get attention that she so richly deserved.
We then took a train back up to Paris and then east to Troyes, about an hour and a half. Our home would be just outside of Troyes, a farming village, caring for Judith and Terry’s two wonderful labs, Layla (11) and Jess (4). What a pair! Jess could run and play all day while Layla was full of love and hugs (in between naps).
See you on the road,