Thursday, November 24, 2011

SAINT SAVINIEN


A lead 



A lead for an interesting, Quay side property got us to visit this river town in the Charente Maritime today.  The townhouse, all 3300 sqft of it, was absolutely gorgeous and the views alone were worth the asking price.
No matter how we sliced it, we just could not find a negative on it at all. The top two floors would be perfect rentals in the middle of town, with a great 800 sqft Patio for guest to relax and watch the river traffic (house boats all summer long) go by, while they eat some good, gluten free food. 

The town itself, home to about 3000 people, is I think, the most beautiful town we have visited so far. Set in the middle of town, on top of a hill is an abbey, which dates back to the 1400's. Bakeries, butchers, all sorts of small business shops, all the important things when choosing a location to live. And have guest staying without being bored to bits.

Another incredible place we found in town is this organic set up of a fruit and vegetable garden. Though it was closed today, my hanging around the gate taking pictures, upset the dog into a barking fit until the owner  came out to see about the noise.
He was in the middle of some important work, but still spent enough time with us, including making us taste his two year barrel aged vinegars. 
His passion for creating a garden of this kind was all apparent, including his ways of observing the sun, moon and earth for perfect times to harvest each vegetable and fruit that he grows with his wife Christine. 
he told me that he even takes the time to talk to the grapes before harvest.
I almost cracked a joke about that, but I could see that he was serious.

Lunch at a small Resto, nothing too much to tell, other than that buffet of sweets that was included in my lunch. All home made, the chocolate mousse was very good.

Now. How do we land this property within our means??




RIGHT ON THE RIVER CHARENTE

THE ABBEY

GREAT VIEWS FROM ALL ANGELS

UP RIVER VIEW

OLD ADVERTISING

MARKET HALL


ANOTHER CHURCH


THE NICEST HOUSE WE'VE SEEN SO FAR


TIME FOR LUNCH

DESSERT BUFFET? I AM IN!

GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PRICE

AN AMAZING SET UP

ALL ORGANIC, FRESH, ALL YEAR

SMALL BATCH VINEGAR, ORGANIC AND EXCELLENT




2 comments:

chcmichel said...

Definitely looks like a very pretty area with the village alongside the quay. My mother had celiac (she's now 91) and suffered all the side effects and ate only gluten free products for many years. About 10 years ago, it seemed to go away and she has been back to eating products with gluten without any pain or problems. I was in a store here in Northern CA yesterday and there was a big isle marked "gluten free" so obviously awareness is growing.

H.Peter said...

Yes, that is amazing about your mother.
GF is a niche market of loyal, actual Celiacs who are happy for any food source that is safe and tasty, add to that the trendy crowd that jumps on any bandwaggon. And off when it suits them.

We found the CM a challenge to dine out so far, with the dietary restrictions, so the best is, we cook a lot more than we ever did.