We had a short 22km walk to a gite in the middle of nowhere, a place called Trefcon which offers the only accommodation for miles around. Naturally there is no bar in the hamlet so we are sitting here swatting flies and wondering whether we should have tackled the whole 50km trek to the next town in one day. How did circumstances conspire to land us here on the night when England kick off their World Cup campaign? No beer or TV in the gite.
Last night’s camp site held a deposit against us not washing the dishes or stealing a cup so once the hut was spotless we stood to attention while the manager carried out a detailed inspection. We were given the thumbs up and headed back into town for breakfast in a typical pavement cafe. Unfortunately the town had no such offering. There were hairdressers galore, banks, butchers and even a kebab restaurant. Eventually we bought a couple of apricot Danish pastries and sat outside a bar. Paul organised the coffees and returned with two reasonable cups and a little jug of warm milk. He must have a way with these French people.
Before finishing the subject of breakfast I need to say a few things.
- I consider myself an expert on apricot Danish pastries
- I have been to Denmark many times and have no recollection of Danish pastries being particularly Danish
- The French make the best Danish pastries and are happy to serve them to British people
- The apricot pastries we ate for breakfast today were the best I’ve ever eaten. There was no time to make a photograph.
After breakfast we visited the tourist office to get our credentials stamped. As usual we asked if there were many pilgrims. “Oh yes, many pilgrims”. When was the last one? “Saturday perhaps”.
Our walk took us through a little woodland and lots of fields of potatoes and greens. The landscape is flat. The temperature is cool, peaking at 20 and there has been no rain since England. I suspect the barometer might be pointing to “Change”
Derelict building on the Somme
The legacies of two world wars
Our picnic stop
A bed of roses