Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Marrons Roasting...


...on an open feu... And Jack Frost was certainly nipping at my nose. It was 32°F/0°C here yesterday.

Despite plummeting temps, the annual Orléans Marché de Noël is fully underway, with about 50 chalets and stands set up in Place de Martroi, the main downtown square. There's everything from Bécassine* handtowels to origami Christmas cards to decorative winterwear. Gourmands will find goat cheese, hot wine, every type of sausage imaginable, crêpes and of course, foie gras (fatty duck liver).

The proprietor of the foie gras stand tried hard to get me to taste some, and I tried even harder not to say anything that would give away, thanks to my accent, that I'm not from these parts. I succinctly and politely declined...

There's also an ice skating rink (pictured above right.) If the temps would rise just a bit, I might be tempted to take the kids...

The event runs through Thursday, December 30th.

*Becassine is a French comic strip. More on her tomorrow...

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