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Friendliness of the folk in our French village

In previous newsletters we have alluded to how friendly and easy going the people in our village are. It would seem that not just us think this - there are many references to it, even industrial relations data showing people of the Vendee have a lower rate of work disputes.

We went to mass one night at the church a few doors down just for the experience. The place was packed but despite this the priest came up to us before the service to introduce himself to the new comers and he mentioned us during his sermon, probably because it fitted in nicely with the reading all about welcoming strangers, but even still it was touching. After being identified, following mass one of the family who we purchased the house from came to introduce herself. Also, the relative who showed David the house originally said hello to us at the petrol station and wanted to know how we were enjoying the house/town.

At the nearby bar David frequented most nights, it didn’t take long before he was greeted   by handshakes and hearty bonjour’s – by the end of two weeks, one fellow invited David to his wedding later in the year and the bar tender gave him a commemoratory leather wallet.

Our notaire agent invited us to his family farm/vineyard for a Sunday degustation dejeuner where we were offered ample foie gras, vin de pays et coquilles Saint Jacques. The lunch spanned from midi to soir with a galette des rois et chocolat chaud, a farm tour and meeting of aunts/uncles in between. 

While savoring our racquelette at a local restaurant, every group walking past our table wished us bon appetit – the only ones not to were a table made up of English people.

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