Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A guide to visiting friends in France

1. Turn up with champagne, wine and plenty of goodies.

2. Take my girls out to Futuroscope from 8am until 8pm leaving me to have a nice quiet day in front of the golf.

3. Insist we turn up a little side street in Bordeaux so that we discover the worlds greatest ice cream shop....and then pay for double scoops.

We've just said au revoir to some good friends from Switzerland who were with us for 10 days (breaking my golden rule of only allowing guests three days at most).

They were terrific. If they wanted to do something they said so straight out and if they didn't fancy doing it they said so too.

Instead of insisting we eat out all the time they came back laden with shopping bags and then cooked for us. As he's Swiss/Italian we even had a terrific "Italian" evening with authentic home cooking & chianti followed by a lethal digestif called limoncello which we sipped while sitting outside during an incredible thunder storm.

It's little things like this that make for special moments. So Fabrizio & Severine, if you want to come back for more next year you'll be welcomed with open arms.

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