In lieu of visiting a Roman villa or any of the encampments of Laudanum, Totorum, Compendium and Aquarium, we have found Obelix lurking in the town of Éauze. Thursday is market day here, and while the onset of autumn has reduced the number of colourful legumes on display, there are compensatory pleasures with so many crates of cèpe mushroom on every other trestle table.
|I also checked the Èauze museum’s opening hours (afternoons only for this time of year). As I mentioned earlier in the week with the villa, businesses and public buildings cannot be relied upon to be open when posted, so it is especially important not to rely on website information. I have found that many websites covering museums, galleries and the like in Midi-Pyrenées region have only a tenuous relationship with the actual place, even if the site is government run.|
On the way home I took the opportunity to introduce Steph to some of our Dutch friends who have lived in the area for many years. I actually think this may have been the highlight of her week as they have so much knowledge to share about not only the local produce, but traditional building practices.