Man has 3 stages in life:
The first as a child he cannot remember.
The second is death, which he fears.
The third is the present, which he has no time for.
Yesterday afternoon, with my last remaining 1 Euro in change jangling away in my dirty Camino trouser pocket, I headed to the Cathedral to see if I could receive some assistance.
After a brief meeting with the cathedral secretary I was told that it had been arranged that I could sleep at a nearby Gite for the night and given a piece of paper with the address:
Gite du Papillon Vert
51 rue du Tapis Vert
06 75 80 58 42
Papillon Vert in English btw translates as the Green Butterfly.
I walked the 100 metres to the Gite and was welcomed in by the adorable Jaqui, who has run this Gite for the past couple of years.
I was shown upstairs to my room for the night, which btw has an excellent wifi connection:
I had a very interesting chat with Jacqui; among other things the fact that she also knows Chiang Mai (Thailand) and visited there at the same time as I did this past January. It also turns out that we have the same yoga teacher in Chiang Mai 🙂
I washed my clothes, rested up for the afternoon – trying to get through to my children on Skype – and then in the early evening I looked on as Jacqui prepared the evening meal. The star of the meal was definitely the delicious Tarte Tomate and I watched as she first added the mustard base to the puff pastry lining:
The tomatoes and herbs were then carefully added:
This relatively simple but wonderful dish is a local Provence dish but is prepared in other parts of France and two other pilgrims present let me know that where they are from (in Normandy) they also add cream. They then continued that they tend to add cream to every dish in Normandy 🙂
Within about half an hour the tarte was out of the oven and the Gite was full of the homely aroma of baked produce:
The meal was excellent:
The company was excellent too, with Jacqui at the head of the table in this photo:
I would definitely recommend this Gite for its homely feel, for the delicious food, the location in the historic part of Cahors, and of course for the experience of meeting the wonderful Jacqui who was an equally wonderful host. The post photo btw was taken from the top room of the Gite where I had my lovely lovely lovely sleep.
If you don’t have a phone with you but wish to make a reservation for your night’s stay in Cahors then Jaqui can also be contacted through email: jaqui.cha [at] gmail.com.
This morning I will begin my onward journey – hopefully after getting through to my children on Skype as I wasn’t able to yesterday – and I’m looking forward to losing a bit of my pilgrim fat which has crept in to my sides as a result of the gorgeous food eaten so far along this Camino backbone of French regional gastronomy.
It looks as though the sun will shine today and at almost 6:30am the birds have been chirping away for the past hour to let me know that I should slowly prepare for my day ahead.