On 22nd September, 2015 our party of 52 members, husbands and friends went for a day in France. The departure through the Channel Tunnel was delayed because of immigrants in the Tunnel, so our first venue for a coffee stop had to be rearranged. Nevertheless, despite the delays and the rain, we knew more delights were to come so we carried on.
We continued with a scenic drive down La vallee de la Course (Course Valley), one of the most beautiful in the region, to the Auberge d’Inxent Hotel and Restaurant. Known for it's seasonal cooking, here all the ingredients are locally sourced (including the chocolates!). It seemed appropriate for our members to present Monsieur and Madame Six, the proprietors, with a present of fruit, jam & chutney locally sourced from Brogdale in our own beautiful Kent.
After lunch, we had a coach tour of Montreuil sur Mer with an English-speaking local guide – Jean Marc- who gave a fascinating history of the town. The tour tested Bob, the coach driver, having to negotiate the winding narrow cobbled streets mostly in heavy rain the rest of the day.
It was certainly a day of experiences – immigrants in the Tunnel, rural France, a French lunch, a guide through a turbulent history of an ancient town, and the very close scrutiny of the passport control on both sides of the Channel — but everyone agreed it was a wonderful day despite the weather.