Yesterday, after a lovely fruity breakfast, we set off early to see Cap d’Agde and Sete. Cap d’Agde was pretty enough in the sun, but a cool breeze was blowing off the sea. We had a great view from Plage Richlieu though, with windsurfers in the water below, and snow-capped mountains in the distance, which we assumed was somehere in Spain.
Our next stop was Sete which was a little disappointing. Perhaps we did not find the best entry point to the town (as with Carcassonne), as the area we wandered through was tired-looking, and not as truly pretty as I was expecting. However, with time restraints and big to-do lists, one has to be realistic about what can be seen and done.
Our short time in Sete was prompted by the need to return to the Pezenas for what promised to be a really special lunch at a local vineyard, highly recommended by our hostess Babette. Domaine de Paul Mas produces excellent wines, so we drove up to the elegant building housing the winery restaurant with high expectation. Sadly however, the place was closed for a private function so we had to take lunch in nearby Montagnac, in the local sports bar/restaurant, which served a surprisingly good meal – my vegetarian salad was beautifully presented and delicious. After lunch we took the chance to explore the nearby Abbaye de Valmagne, with its magnificient church, which is now a winery.
On our return to Pezenas, Phil and I decided to explore the town further, and in particular I wanted to see the Museum of Doors (Musee de la Porte). We found it and it was fascinating! It was on several levels, below ground and above, housing doors made from the C16th century onwards. There were some amazing pieces on display, Along with keys, hinges, locks etc, the provenance of each door was provided – it was a great find, especially for me as I love to photograph the beautiful old doors that we continue to see as we travel through France. Pezenas is a delightful town, with a rich history and we have enjoyed every moment we have spent here.
As we meandered through the streets looking at the beautiful wrought iron railings Pezenas is famous for, we came upon the artisan glace vendor recommended by Babette. Here, the glaces are placed in the cornet with the boule and then petals of glace are created around the base of the boules. I devoured a creme brulee cone as I sat in the afternoon sun beside the shop – it was delicious!
On our return to the hotel, Babette treated her guests to drinks and nibbles on the rooftop terrace – it was a really enjoyable couple of hours, talking to other guests from Australia, Sweden, and France. Our evening was complete with a truly delicious fine dining experience at l’Entre Pots, yet another place recommended by our knowledgable hostesses … Tomorrow you can read about beautiful Collioure..