"Grün Satt" or Green to the Max

Yesterday we enjoyed a typical Frenchy Sunday in the town of Cognac, except, we skipped attending mass at one of the many beautiful churches. Being Jewish, we usually take a pass on that particular Sunday activity. Instead we perambulated at a leisurely pace through the pedestrian zone, window shopping a little here and there. As a small reference of interest, in French ‘window shopping’ is called ‘aller du lèche-vitrine’, which translates to ‘going to lick the display case (glass)’. I suppose, if you really drool over the merchandise displayed …

From la zone piétonne, the pedestrian zone, we crossed a major thoroughfare to enter the Jardin Public, the public gardens surrounding the town hall (Hôtel de Ville) of the City of Cognac.

The public gardens presented themselves in sunny splendor, drawing our steps toward an almost overwhelmingly green Spring landscape, with trilling birds and braying donkeys, which ultimately revealed themselves to be avian, rather than equine in nature.


The magnificent town hall
An amazing ‘living balustrade’ of a bridge spanning a creek
Diving into the green
Geese and ducks snoozing against the backdrop of the Cognac Museum of Art
and the Saint Lèger Church steeple
Resting peacock, one of many birds in a variety of aviaries
Alsatian beer sold in Charente















After our long walk through the gardens, we repaired to a bistro across the street from the art museum for our Sunday lunch. After an apéritif of the local Pineau blanc, we chose the plat du jour, the specialty of the day, for our meal. Roasted lamb shoulder, followed by apple tart. Delicious! 















After another walk across the old parts of town, we concluded our lovely day in Cognac. 

At one time, Francois’ wet-nurse lived in this 15th century half timbered house
A quiet corner
Just an alley



  

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