Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to make the most of €1 in Jarnac

I'm lucky enough to have been pretty busy recently (and picked up another mandate from a lovely couple in Dubai last night) and popped down to Jarnac first thing to do some banking. 

Sadly I usually do this online but I had some cheques to pay in the old fashioned way.  I'm glad I did as the welcome I get from the staff at BNP Paribas is heart warming. As soon as I walked in the door I was greeted by name by Sylvie the counter clerk and the manager stopped what he was doing to come out, shake my hand and chew the cud for five minutes.  I remember it was like this when I first opened a bank account in 1978 in rural Surrey too.

Anyway, I popped into the market for some bread and fresh fruit & veg before deciding to play hookie and have a sneaky coffee in my favourite bar.  I wasn't being too naughty as my phone is now a mobile office and vibrates discreetly every couple of minutes as emails come in.  It's incredible how quickly this is changing the way we live & work but that's for another time.

The point is that it's a scorcher here today and I plonked myself down on the shady terrace watching the world go by.  Every now and then someone I know would pass by and we would chat about the weather, Euro 2012, the weather, a house that is shortly coming to market, our respective vegetable patches, the weather and the fate of the euro.

I stayed for about an hour and a half - read the Charente Libre, responded to emails from a couple of clients and put the world to rights with Maurice & Martine, the owners.  I could have stayed all morning but had to go into a local mairie to check up on a planning issue.

The bill for my truant euro.  Yup, my colleagues in other parts of France will now be going green with envy, the Café du Theatre in Jarnac charge one measly euro (and not a centime more) for the most perfect cup of coffee served on the terrace in one of the prettiest towns of SW France. Local networking comes free.

Now that's good value!


Rebecca Russell said...

Ahhh, but did you get a little biscuit on the side as we do in Nice?

Emm said...

Interesting post. How about continuing the discussion, with some details on annual living expenses in the area for those who may be considering it? The fancy magazine articles always focus on places like Paris and don't seem to interview "real" people.

Fossicker said...

They do a very nice set lunch too. Our favorite place to stop after seeing Charles and Matthew across the road. And now we have a place close by we will be visiting more often...

Malibutobeverlyhills said...

I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice information.

graham downie said...

Of course Rebecca, although yours may well have chocolate on it :-)

Good idea Emm and if I get time I'll research it and write it up...pretty busy at the moment though which is why the blog is suffering!

Agree about the lunch Fossicker and hope to meet you in there one day.

Finally, it's a pleasure I say though I'm not writing as often as I like as I have a good few client mandates keeping me busy. Digging out the best properties takes time you know!

French Property Ski said...

Nice post, i feel like i was there in France. I can say it's like a live discussion. Pretty place