Monday, May 30, 2011

PROVENCE DAY 1

28.05.11 On Board
Onboard dining. More pics here

Brittany Ferries advertise that your French holiday starts the moment you step aboard the Pont Aven in Ringaskiddy. Ours started just after the Carrigaline/Ringaskiddy roundabout when three fellows, from a French registered car, stopped and relieved themselves on the side of the road. Not quite Oh-la-la! More like Eau-la-la.
Continental class returned on board where we enjoyed a superb meal in the main restaurant Le Flora. Starter was Crevettes en Cage (see photo), or Prawns entwined in a cage (twine like pieces) of grated deep fried potato. New to me, very inventive and a great match with the braised artichoke and a salad.

Main course for me was the Roast Fillet of Beef served with artichoke and potatoes a la Chatelaine. A superb meal as was the other main course: Viennese style Sole served with white beans and a Matignon of vegetable with mussels.
A plate of French cheese followed and the highlight for me was the Bleu d’Auvergne. Dessert was something else: Soufflé Grand Marnier. Well worth a try if you are ever on board. Wines, from a long French list, were Ch. Noaillac Medoc 2006 Cru Bourgeois and Laroche Bourgogne Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee 2009