With weather like this, southwest France turns out to be paradise. I went for a walk along the river this afternoon and you can see all the activities happening much earlier this year. The local house boat company is getting their fleet ready for what could be a very long season.
We watched a private house boat make her way through the locks of Jarnac, always a spectacle. Enjoy the pictures
When that frequent craving for a Pizza hits, I have no more in house options. All GF shells are gone and we are keeping the house free from. Not really the end of the world, in Jarnac alone (Pop. 4800) I can choose from six different places that offer Pizza. From a food truck by Intermarche to a wood fired pie next to Maxim's on Place du Chateau. Problem is, I tried 5 out of 6 and they all use an industrial type, flat shell to make their Pizza. After baking the Pizza at high temps, this crust reminds me of a Soda Cracker more so than a Pizza. The sixth place is up for sale, and I doubt it's any different there. There is a top sales guy for Pizza shells roaming the area. Angouleme is not that far really, so when I have something to do in the city we usually stop in at ANFITEATRO, a restaurant in Gond Pontouvre (right behind the BMW lot). A very large place with a nice terrace and the all important wood fired oven. If you go for lunch and arrive later than 12.15, it's getting pretty tight to score a table. Good food brings good business. Aside of Pizza, I tried a handful of their Pastas over the years and have yet to find one I did not enjoy. A solid place if you find yourself in that city and want some Italian food. They fixed their website (as good as most in France), but their WiFi has not worked since 9 month....not that important if you have company. http://www.restaurant-anfiteatro.fr/