Lunch in Gascony

In mid-September we spent a week in Gascony with our friend Chris┬áat a farmhouse in the countryside near Condom. We all arrived Thursday afternoon. Chris was jetlagged having flown from California and we were exhausted from our one hour time change ­čÖé so we made a simple dinner at “home”. But the next morning we were ready to go and got several “must dos” accomplished the first day: coffee and croissant in a cafe, lunch sitting at an outside table, a glass of pastis in a bar. With all that done immediately, we settled into a routine for the week.

Most days we had breakfast at the farmhouse. Some mornings Chris got up early and buzzed out to the nearest bakery for croissants! I made coffee the first morning but it was so bad that Chris was forced to take over and we had good coffee every morning after that. (In my defence, I think I just measured wrong.) Every┬ámorning we went somewhere, did something, had a nice lunch sitting outside (except one day when it rained – we ate inside), did something else, then went back to the lovely farmhouse. In the evening we made dinner together. One night we went out for pizza. Considering that we were one foodie (Chris) and two fussey eaters (I am a vegetarian and Steve is sort of but not quite), we all ate very well, and had some very good wine.

We did not consult any restaurant lists or look for recommendations. We planned what we wanted to do each day and when it was around 1pm we stopped and looked at a few restaurant menus, then chose what suited us best. Click on the first photo and walk your way through our week of lunches.

Our Schedule

Friday – Morning coffee and croissant in Condom, lunch in Condom in a restaurant near the church.
Saturday – Lunch in Montreal near Seviac Roman Villa.
Sunday – Lunch in Vic Fezensac between searches for Roman Towers.
Monday – Lunch on a rainy day in Eauze.
Tuesday – Mid-morning coffee and lunch at the market in Fleurance. Pizza for dinner in Condom.
Wednesday – Our last day was hot so we stayed close to home. Lunch on the patio. Dinner on the patio.

How fast a week goes! And we did a lot more than just eat.

We spent the week at┬áAu Chicot, a beautiful farmhouse in the countryside near Condom. The house is beautiful and spacious. The views are stunning. The location is very good – just 10 mins drive into Condom (we loved this town) and close to many other interesting towns and sites. Highly recommended.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

3 thoughts on “Lunch in Gascony”

  1. Great post, Pauline! It was fun to see all of our meals in one place like this. I’m not really a foodie — not nearly adventurous enough to qualify for that label. I just love that kind of simple French cafe food when it’s well prepared. My favorite meal of the week was that tomato salad with cumin and the squash soup.

  2. A fun pictorial record Pauline, and hopefully proof to other vegetarians that Gascony offers their tummies more than duck and foie gras! If you go again some time, be sure to try the local aperitifs: Floc, and Pousse Rapiere, both based on the fiery brandy Armagnac, for which of course the Gers is renowned.

    So glad you had a happy week, and thanks for the recommendation.

  3. A fun pictorial record Pauline, and hopefully proof to other vegetarians that Gascony offers their tummies more than duck and foie gras! If you go again some time, be sure to try the local aperitifs: Floc, and Pousse Rapiere, both based on the fiery brandy Armagnac, for which of course the Gers is renowned.

    So glad you had a happy week, and thanks for the recommendation.

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