It is the month for national celebration, in the USA ( 4th of July ) and in France (Fête Nationale 14 juillet).
For the Fête Nationale, there are fireworks too. It seems to be an universal mode of celebration.
In Gevrey, the band marches from the center of the town down to the stadium where the fireworks display is done.
For me, this was one busy month! Of course, maybe you are all tired of my notes on the Tour de France, but it was important to the town and to me.
Luckily, the weather forecast changed and we could start putting up the decorations. Remember all the flowers we made! Here are a few photos of "tarting up" the town.
|Getting our 18 "maillots" (jerseys) out|
to hang (note blurred faced- without
written permission from the person,
private photos with facial ID not allowed), except
at public events.
|Decorating fence grills along the route|
|Finished- Tour de France in paper flowers|
the T and D and A a little hard to see in the photo.
|Hanging the maillots-there are 4 of each color,|
Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White
|Old bikes on the main route decorated with flowers|
|Polka Dot jersey and hanging no parking signs|
|Main route with some flowers for color|
|2 jerseys - one at the entrance and one at the exit|
(I stopped at the kiosk official and bought Tour de France T-shirt).
There were several food stands well supplied with bottled watered! It was all very festive afternoon here in Gevrey.
Of course I took photos as the caravan came through and then the Peleton. I did not get a lot of loot from the caravans, but sufficient little prizes - a hat, bottle of Vital water, a box of apple juice, small pack of sausages, and a key chain. Here are some photos.
|VIP section, I was on the other side in the hot sun!!|
|Caravan - did not get a chicken!! Have no idea what they|
|Entertainment- Bicycle fun|
|Checked out the race between Caravan and the actual arrival|
of the riders- the climb to Urcy
|Here they come|
|Froome in the YELLOW jersey. Sky team had yellow helmets|
because the team had the most points
Wow, what a beautiful city. Here are a few photos, and they somehow do not capture the true essence of the city ( also we took a walking tour for 2 hours on Sunday morning. I had set up my battery to charge on Saturday evening and arrived at the tour meeting place only to find a dead battery!! Nothing open Sunday morning that sold lithium batteries. Found out the outlet in my room did not work, so missed some very scenic places- and so it goes. By the way, the tour was excellent )
|There are canals in Bruges|
|The traditional stepped peak|
|Passage out of a garden|
|Liked the sign on the left|
|A row of peaked roofs|
|The Halle with the belfry-83 meters tall! Markt place|
|Markt place and restaurants- Saturday morning at 9am|
It was practically empty?
|Bicycling is huge and lots of places to park|
|Carriages to rent on the Markt place|
|Notre Dame- 112 meter tower! And inside|
a Michelangelo statue of Virgin and child
|Another canal with plants on the bridge- lots of leaves|
|Traditional photo of the canal-tourist spot|
|Note the helmets!!|
|Hey- Blackbird!! OK a restaurant, not Lake of the Woods|
|Did not notice the man waving when I took the photo|
Gothic church of Jeruzalemkerk dates from 1428
|No longer use oak barrels to ferment the grapes. These old one|
are just part of the tour.
|Bacchus of course. Lighting difficult in the|
|Long row of magnums of Champagne|
|And tasting time|
|Le Tabac d'Espagne|
|Le Tabac d'Espagne|
|How many butterflies ?|
|L'Ecaille chinée- bright sun faded the far side. If the wings had|
been open, the wings below are red/orange with black dots.
This one was a hard photo
|There he goes, all packed and ready|
On Saturday the 29th, I went for a walk with MT and her sister. Our quest? A cave, to be exact the "Grotte de Roche Chèvre" near the village of Ternant. And success, here are a couple of photos.
|Inside the first "room"|
|A drop of water|
Recipe of the Month
Tomato sauce (sauce des tomates)
|Today's pick-few big ones ripening now|
My tomatoes seem to be ready all at the same time. I made a small batch of tomato sauce with cherry tomatoes. It was soooo sweet and soooo good ( I ate a few spoonfuls just as is). A small batch is ready to use and there is no canning involved. Just make and use on pasta, a pizza, or a sauce for whatever, or maybe just plain(dip some good bread in it). It will store a day or two in the refrigerator.
- 800 grams fresh tomatoes (chopped if large, cut in half if cherry tomatoes)
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon oregano dried
- 1 teaspoon thyme dried
- 1 teaspoon basil dried
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped (this depends on your taste and the strenght of the garlic)
- 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
- Fresh basil chopped ( to add on top of whatever you make)
- Wash tomatoes and peel if you want or skin is tough (with cherry tomatoes I do not peel, but it is up to you)
- In pan, add oil , garlic and onions and gently simmer
- Add tomatoes herbs and salt and pepper
- Simmer on low for 30 minutes
- Taste and adjust
- If too much acid in the tomatoes, and 1-2 tbs milk or cream
- If tart (some tomatoes are not as sweet as others (mine are sweet), just add a couple tsp of sugar- not too much!!
- Depending how saucy you like it, you can not blend at all, put half in the blender or put all in a blender. I go between chunky-no blend, to blending about 1/2. Only blend it completely when I can it for the winter.