For lunch we feasted on our market purchases: slices of herb-encrusted sausage and cheese on fresh baguette; also fresh pasta (filled with artichoke and ricotta) with tomato sauce and arugula. We haven't bought any actual artichokes yet, but they're very popular here, with maybe half a dozen different varieties available at market.
We used the Guide de Balades to pick a hiking route that we could reach via the TAG transit system. We took a new tram line and a bus for the first time, up to the village of Seysseney Periset
After a leisurely walk down we had the same bus driver as before; both times there was no one on the bus but us - did he drive all afternoon with no other passengers?
For supper: rice casserole with mushrooms, onions, chicken stock, cheese rind, tomato paste and rabbit terrine; roast brussels sprouts and parsnips. The rabbit terrine was quite pungent - I'm glad I only used half a jar. I'd scooped out several spoonsful and placed them throughout the casserole - they cooked up almost like little meatballs.
St Nizier - Mark Nitz. Coincidence?
We passed a house en route that has a tower. Just imagine "Oh honey - would you get the spare blanket - it's up in the tower"...
Sunlight streams across green forest floors - it really felt like spring today!
We sighted a large overhang down below in the distance - I'm thinking Clan of the Cave Bear!
The famous Tour Sans Venin (this is the intact corner - from the other direction it's mostly gone)
A small cemetery beside the tower overlooks the city with an amazing view to the Belledonne mountains - not a bad resting place for eternity
Mark 'pretends' to lock me in the cemetery
I love the simplicity of the big curving wall in this old stone church
I was almost able to 'touch' this lizard with my shadow finger before it moved
A small stream was channeled into a stone-lined chute in which the water rushed by with great force - lots of fun to trace it back into the forest to the point where it was naturalized
Rabbit terrine - just another everyday product from the supermarket shelf...