Vive La France

Follow us as we travel around the Dordogne, Lot & Languedoc regions of France

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21 - Dinner & Music Festival

We discovered today that there was a music festival in Sarlat to celebrate the summer solstice. As we walked around the streets on the way to dinner we noticed bandstands being set up for the evening on many streets and squares. But dinner first.....
Dinner was another one of our 'small' quiet affairs. The restaurant, Le Mirandol, is highly recommended. No room on the street level so we went to the second floor (really the third) and a window table. OK, we obviously have become frenchified. Karen's meal at 13.50 euros includes a salade avec crudities, a beef tenderloin with Poivre Vert (Green Peppercorn sauce) and potatoes Sarladaise, decides she can't do the green salad that also comes with it, an apple tart and coffee, plus wine. Mike, bigger stomach, for only 24 euros has a starter of Duck liver in Peach sauce and a prune jam, then Coquilles St. Jacque en crout (to die for), then a filet de Sandre (a local fish) with Sorrel sauce, potatoes Sarladaise, then a green salad, followed by an apple tart and coffee too, plus the inevitable wine.
Obviously we had a lot to walk off after this meal.
We noticed there were tons of people walking the streets and the centre of the village was blocked off to cars for the festival. There were at least 50 different musical acts set up around the town, playing everything from rock, pop, jazz, country, classical, small and large acts plus dancing in the streets. We came upon a group called Sarlat Country Dance. They wore cowboy hats and boots and performed country line dancing to American country music! There were 95 in the group and we talked to one of the members who said they had been doing this for 5 years. What an experience to be a part of this celebration. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and at 11:30 headed back to the apt to have time to write up this blog and look forward to another great day in the Dordogne tomorrow.
Bon Soir

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