The long way.

Today I walked the long way to the grocery store. As it is, it’s a 2 kilometer walk so the long way is pretty darn long. But, I managed to pick up the yellow marked trail again and followed it along the sea. A beautiful walk.

The walk followed lunch, which consisted of a simple salad and this lovely cauliflower cake:

It was different than anything I’ve ever made and really tasty. It was inspired by a cookbook club I’m following on Facebook – this month they are cooking from Ottolenghi’s cookbooks. Highly recommended for some vegetarian deliciousness.

V comes home for lunch most days. It’s interesting the way the French structure their workdays. He is at work by 8:30 or 9, home at 12:30 for a 1-1.5 hour lunch, then back to work until 6 or so. If it were me, I think I’d prefer a shorter overall workday and less of a lunch break, but for now it’s really nice to have him home in the middle of the day! And I have more of a chance to experiment in the kitchen.

Since I don’t have a car yet, I must walk to the grocery store to source all this kitchen experimentation. Walk with me:

An interesting plant I have never seen before – the red flowers looked like brushes. Anyone know what it is?

Here in Bretagne, the locals have three separate identities: Breton, French, and European – represented by these three flags flying, and I believe in that order.

I love that we are so close to the sea!

I wish we had a sailboat. V had proposed a sailboat sharing situation with a friend of his, for pretty short money, but the friend lives 2 hours away. I want a sailboat that we can hop onto at the end of a workday. Cocktail hour on the water, anyone?

I love pretty colored houses like these. They face the water.

I followed the trail to find this intricate wood carving:

…which looked onto this vista, totally reminiscent of the Maine coast. By the way, it’s hard to see, but there’s a dude wading into the water here. The people of Bretagne are even more hardy than Mainers.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, but hopefully more scenic vistas like this one!

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