Five Photos, Five Stories: St. Marsal

Five Photos, Five Stories Day 5

Jude at Travel Words invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

St. Marsal square SL 8X6

This is the village square in St. Marsal in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, snuggled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. We were out for a drive, just following the road when we saw a restaurant and realized we were hungry.  We parked on the side of the D highway and approached but were told they were closed.  They directed us a few steps along the highway to a set of stairs.  Up the stairs we found this idyllic spot.  It was about two in the afternoon and those who travel France will know that is not a serving time.   However, the owner approached and accepted our ill-timed arrival graciously.  When we asked if he had sangria his first response was no, but then he brought us two tall glasses from his personal stock along with a tasty lunch.    It turned out to be one of our favourite memories that only come with happy happenstance and no expectations.  

8 thoughts on “Five Photos, Five Stories: St. Marsal

    • Thank you – we were very grateful to that restaurateur for slaking our thirst and feeding our hunger, allowing us to linger in that delightful spot. Other occasions eating out in France had drastically different outcomes – but those are other stories …

  1. And this is what you get for being “spont”- spontaneous. I love it. What a great memory!

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