No self respecting town in France is without its Boulangerie and Patiserie, for bread is as we know is the very stuff of life. The bread in France is a delight, it is a meal in itself and no French meal is ever taken without it.
Many of these bakery shops are also bulging with the sort of creative confectionary that really can only be found in France. A land where the simplest bakery is held in high esteem, and a land where the imortal words 'Let them eat cake' would be accepted be they true or not.
Yes, the French really do 'do baking' and they do it with style, style, style all the way.
Their artistry, for that is what it is, an art, makes you want to celebrate these confections. They are not merely the accompanyment for a cup of tea or coffee. They are the stars of their own show and they commant respect.
The seriously strange thing is tho, that these toothsome treats do not cost the earth. They cost a few pence more than a Marks and Spencers strawberry tart, a mass produced sugar rush that holds not a candle to these delightful delicacies.
You know you are in France when the smallest town bakery even has its own name printed in gold on the chocolates that decorate its cakes.
Hmmmmmm, yes, France really does make exceedingly good cakes.
PS News from sofa – Have decided to use time to good purpose and write a book. Might just be me that reads it, but what the hell, must do something.
Must stop eating everything I can reach from my command station