More than 30 of us gathered on 7 April 2016 to hear a talk by Jeanette Morris on the « Tropic » of British Columbia. We were fascinated by the talk, and by Jeanette’s superb photos, and we all agreed that the presentation had made it extremely easy to understand in English. Bravo, and thank you Jeanette!
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Philippe guided us to the cheese farm, where Pascale showed us the goats and the kids, and led a tasting of her superb cheese.
« We spent a very nice afternoon, Pascale welcomed us very nicely.I told Philippe how much I appreciated his choice! » Françoise F.
« Merci pour ce bel après-midi de dégustation de fromages! » Suzanne D.
Beautiful photos by Suzanne!
The chocolate tasting took place in the evening of Friday 11 December 2015 in the workshop of chocolate makers Bello et Angeli, in St Orens. Their workshop is very small, and we were more than 20 people, but the welcome we received made us feel very comfortable.
While Mr Bello worked on some special Christmas chocolates, Mr Angeli explained how the chocolates are made. Mr Angeli spoke with great charm, and in excellent English, and everyone was able to understand what he said. Several of us helped to make some chocolates, and afterwards we all tasted them, and some others. We especially liked the chocolates called « Sakura », made with Cherry Blossom tea. These were among the chocolates that helped Bello and Angeli win the top prize in the recent annual chocolate competition in Paris. The evening was very interesting, and our thanks go especially to Mr Angeli for his kindness and patience. His chocolates are highly recommended by the the members of the association who took part!
Our AGM (Assemblée Générale) took place on Thursday 8 october 2015, and was very well attended. After the formal business of the meeting, we played a traditional English game of BINGO. Thanks to Tom Devaney our talented Bingo Caller. (See photos).
12 of us met Philippe, our guide, at 2pm outside Empalot metro station. An hour later we reached Pech David, having climbed steadily to the summit. In fact, we hardly noticed the climb, we were too interested in talking to each other in English. After a visit to the tower at the top of the hill, and a moment watching the dedicated men flying their model gliders across the splendid view of Toulouse, we set off back down the hill.
The walk had taken us around two and a half hours in total, but the threatened rain never came, and the pure air at the top of the hill was wonderful.
To be repeated next year!
A big thank you to Philippe for a lovely afternoon.
On Monday 20 April, 15 members of the Association took the early morning Easyjet flight from Blagnac to London, for a 5 day visit.
We stayed in a big youth hostel, in the centre of London. The accommodation was excellent, and very reasonably priced – a night in a small dormitory cost 31€.
Our programme included visits to museums, monuments, neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Soho, parks, a flea-market, a 19th century tea clipper sailing ship, a boat trip on the Thames and, of course, shopping.
Our secondary mission was to sample the different kinds of restaurants in the metropolis, and we tested a small, family-run Italian restaurant, a pub meal, the best fish and chips in London, a busy restaurant in Chinatown, and a Noodle bar. The food was very varied, and of excellent quality.
We were very lucky with the weather, which was cold, but sunny for most of the 5 days.
London is very big, much bigger than Paris, and the possibilities are unlimited. Our visit concentrated on a variety of different activities, and we came away with a real feeling for what London has to offer.
Next year, we are planning to visit Dublin, in Ireland, a much smaller city, but one with plenty of history and character.