Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 37 October 21 Les Echampes

As usual lately there was a last minute change in plans and Francis and Coby are going to walk with us part way for some exercise and to get a feel of the path. We saw a chamois(large deer that is protected ) on top of a rock outcrop. We walked along an old rail bed and eventually along an active rail bed with a restored train that runs during the tourist season and only once a week in the off season. About 11.30am they left to go back and we carried on to Hospitaux Neufs. We had a cold beer and fish dish with rice outside a restaurant with a very warm sun. We carried on through Jougne to the Chapelle St. Maurice one of Segeric's overnight spots with a seventh century crypt and down the road to chambre de hote in Les Echampes. We arrived at 3pm and shown our chalet with bedroom and common lounge, eating area. The price is 65e with petit de jeune and it is very nicely done like a ski chalet. Madame Petitquex has phoned and made arrangements for us to stay in Croy at a chambre de hote. The address here in Les Echampes is Les 4 Monts, 1 Rue Reservoir. wwwmaisondhotesdes4monts.com.
Madame has also asked another couple here if they would drive us to Jougne to eat dinner and they have agreed to take us there and bring us back as they are going anyway. Tonight at 7pm we met Patrick and Francois and we went into Jougne to the restaurant. We had a great steak dinner and Patrick insisted on paying for the caraf of white wine so our salad and dinner was 33e for a very good meal at the Post Restaurant. Patrick also let me in on tipping in restaurants and bars in France. It is not a big thing and the change from the bill or some small coin is sufficient in most cases. Patrick out of the blue tells us that he was in Canada at Portage La Praire and Edmonton in the winter when he was in the French Air Force training there. Another day went by where we were helped on more than one occasion by the French people. We are literally only 200 meters from the Swiss border.

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