A taste of Cognac

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The monolithic church in Aubeterre

Our next stop in France was Cognac, where Emma lived for several months in 2003. While there we stayed with her friends, the Michon family: Linda, Etienne, and their daughter Sarah. After spending all day on trains travelling from the north of France, we were happy to see Linda and Sarah waiting for us at the station. I quickly met Linda and Sarah before they whisked us out of the hot sun and back to their house.

Etienne soon joined us and we enjoyed a relaxing French meal (i.e. with a baguette and lots of interesting cheeses) in the shade of their courtyard. I had been looking forward to the chance to practice my French, but I was too overwhelmed when I realized the Michons were a bilingual family and everyone was speaking in excellent English.

A French feast with Danielle, Linda, Roland, and Etienne
We retired to our room in rue de Boston, looking forward to a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, we were soon woken up by the noisy gypsies next door who seemed to enjoy suddenly playing their car stereo loudly in the middle of the night

Linda and Etienne went away to a wedding for the weekend, so we just relaxed and laid low on Saturday and Sunday. We spent our time walking around the town and the infamous jardin publique. We also made the occasional trip to the patisserie for a fancy dessert. We were quite happy to have a calm weekend because there won't be many more over the rest of the trip. On Monday and Tuesday, Linda treated us to a tour of the interesting sights in and around Cognac. On Monday, we visited the medieval town of Aubeterre, which featured an amazing monolithic church carved into a cliffside, as well as an ancient ceremonial chamber for the pagan god Mithras.

A famous pose in the jardin publique
On Tuesday the sights included an old pilgrimage church, a mysterious stone structure, the river Charente, and many vinyards. In the evenings, we toured the Cognac social circuit and visited many of Emma's other friends in town for aperatifs: Danielle, Roland, Hubert, Dominique, and little Hector. It was nice for me to meet all her friends and it gave us a good excuse to practice our French.

We celebrated our last night in Cognac with, of course, another fantastic French-style feast. I even got a bit adventurous and tried the "iron stomach" cheese, which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was surprising how quickly the five nights passed and we said goodbye to the Michons on Wednesday morning, our sights set towards Holland.

henryCG says:
Great story!
Posted on: Jun 10, 2010
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The monolithic church in Aubeterre
The monolithic church in Aubeterre
A French feast with Danielle, Lind…
A French feast with Danielle, Lin…
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A famous pose in the jardin publi…
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