Maddren Family - Europe trip to Spain, France, Italy & England 2006 travel blog

We took a drive out to another larger town about 40mins away from Uzes called Ales, everything was shut, except a couple of restaurants and bars, as May 1st is one of many public holidays in France. We found a good, basic but cheap little restaurant in the town that was open so we ordered 3 big dishes - one with Steak, one with chips and the other with salad, it was just what we needed and the kids really tucked in.

In the afternoon Kiwi John popped around to say his goodbyes and have a beer - that led on to a few obligatory aperitif's of Rose at Amanda's and Swedish John joined us for a drink just in time to have another one of Amanda's specialities - a cocktail called Capriosa, which is made of white rum, raw sugar, limes and lots of crushed ice. Jacob and Tyler loved making the crushed ice by hand with Amanda's machine. For dinner Amanda made an entrée of radish leaf soup, which was superb, and Kris made a main course of stuffed courgette flowers, which was also outstanding, very seasonable. Kiwi John and the kids played petanque while we cooked (John to reveal final scores via internet in due course) and they also lit the outdoor clay potbelly fireplace. We finished dinner with a desert of Lemon Sorbet covered with Lemoncello. A very enjoyable last night in St Maximin.

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