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Les Folies Douce

February 20, 2013

I claim it a totally saved me money. I found that the car had been towed away by the police to make way for the market. I was expecting a big fine but I was delighted to find that it is a free service. So I saved the cost of the diesel to drive it to the free car park of which I had previously been unaware. The fact that it would not start due, I think, to diesel going a bit waxy, which it does at low temperatures is another matter. I feel much the same myself.

We had skied into the infamous Folies Douce one late afternoon a few days earlier for a drink but I for one did not appreciate the banging techno music and made this clear to our party, to the extent that I was offered the noise eradicating headphones from one member.  We did not stay long. However, after having been given a detailed run down on my short comings, my age, my stuffiness  and my inability to appreciate  youth culture of any sort, whilst staring rabbit-like into the beautiful steely eyes and listening to the razor-sharp voice if Lisa Thornton Allan, I was told that my opinion had changed.

Thus lunch was taken at the afore-mentioned Folies Douce yesterday where the cheapest bottle of wine was 30 euros (about £25 at today’s Currencies Direct exchange rates), rising to 50 once the self-service restaurant had closed. So I was not looking forward to the whole experience, but to my surprise I enjoyed the whole experience. It started with some gentle interpretations of accessible music  on a stage in the centre of the outdoor restaurant with the most fabulous backdrop you can imagine, developing into a great show from which the DJ took over and it worked. The secret is to be there at the start, be prepared to pay silly prices and enjoy the atmosphere grow.

Les olies douce

Les Folies Douce, the best backdrop in the world

During the morning, Mr Clipboard, a huge AC/DC fan, was bemoaning the fact that there was an AC/DC tribute band booked to play in Meribel the week after we leave. This enabled me to remind him of what happened a couple of years ago when we went to see the real AC/DC in Nice, and he managed to get lost in a terrible state due to an over enthusiastic smoking of something which he had acquired from our very own Trip Advisor. Need I say more? More details are available in my first book “Summer In The Cote d’Azur” which will soon be eclipsed by the launch of my second book The Valbonne Monologues, the launch of which will probably take place at a reception, perhaps at Cafe Latin on Friday 15th March in Valbonne.

Last night we discovered that there was to be a comedy night at the Meribar, just 100 metres away, so we decided to go down and were treated to two established comedians,one of whom was Eric Lampaert so it was a late finish. Hence the late post this morning.

Today will probably be the highlight of the week for me as we are going to lunch at one of my all time favourite mountain restaurants, La Soucoupe. I think the only skiing today will be up to it and back from it. It is a beautiful old wooden building with some of the finest food I have ver tasted and with a wine list to drool over. Drool only of course because I cannot afford 4300 euros for a bottle of Chateau Petrus 2003. I may push the boat out a little as we are nearing the end of this skiing odyssey.

Chris France

3 Comments leave one →
  1. howzaaat permalink
    February 20, 2013 10:38 am

    “……outdoor restaurant with the most flupus backdrop …….”

    What’s that ? Ah-ah-ah-atishooo !! Oh, I see. I hope it’s not catching.


  2. February 26, 2013 9:08 pm

    Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!


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