Julia Child said that eating is the national sport of France, and we feel like major league players when we visit our favorite country restaurant, Le Petit Prince.
Many Sunday afternoons have disappeared there, while enjoying a delicious meal with friends.
We learned of this restaurant from a French friend, a cousin of the owner. The restaurant has been in the same family for generations, and the story of the restaurant's long history is written on the front of their menu.
We love bringing friends here, because everyone is always amazed by the food and the superb service. It is so wonderfully French to care so much about the quality of the food, its proper preparation and presentation, even in a restaurant in a village as small as Saint-Alban-les-Eaux.
On the way home from our last leisurely lunch, we stopped by our local gym to inquire about membership.
We were with our neighbors from the port, and we had all been talking about joining the gym for months. Going into town, we would walk by and look, but all alone we were a little intimidated to enter and ask about joining. We didn't know if we would feel out of place or be unwelcome because we are foreigners.
We gathered up our nerve that afternoon since we were all together, and we walked in and signed up. We are glad that we did.
The first morning that we went to work out, everyone immediately made us feel welcome by introducing themselves and asking how in the world a group of Americans happened into their gym. We told them that we are wintering on our boats at the port, and a whole group of people stopped what they were doing to ask us questions about where we were from in the U.S. and what brought us to France. The members are an interesting group of fun loving people, whose desire to stay fit is somewhat challenged by their love of conversation and morning pastries.