Monday, September 05, 2005

Hardelot - Horses, Dunes and Tarte Tomate

Back in Turin - arrived last night at about midnight, driving through the Frejus tunnel (connecting France and Italy through the Alps) with absolutely nobody inside is great! Now just bloging about our holiday, and decided to summarise each place we visited with the key words, begining with our first stop in Hardelot - Horses, Dunes and Tarte Tomate.

Fabien's grandparents bought the Hardelot appartment a long time back, and various family members just book it in advance, get the key from the concierge and spend as long as they like there, looking out onto the Opal Coast. French coastlines have lovely names - Cote d'Azur (Azure Coast), Cote d'Emaraude (Emerald Coast) and so on..

So I went horse-riding there every morning for the 2 weeks we were there. As I am a pretty crap rider, I end up spraining my fingers alot (- does that answer your question Mike?) and so they get so swollen I can't even close them, let alone wear a wedding band. Fabien prefers more sedate activities like playing golf, and had his first golf competition on Golf de Pins. We also spent afternoons walking around and exploring the sand dunes which go on for many kilometeres (it is a protected area so you cannot drive there). It is a childhood playground for him, so it was really nice to see the little kids running around there and imagining how he must have been like 20 years ago!

Right, so that is Horses and Dunes explained. Tarte Tomate relates back to the delicious meals that Fab's parents prepared for us (they came to stay for 1 weekend in the 2 weeks we were there). I had the best 20 minute meal ever! Tarte Tomate is store bought filo pastry spread in a tin, topped with mustard, melted gruyere, sliced fresh tomatoes, sprinkled with sel de guerande and whatever herbs you can get hold of. 10 minutes preparation time, 10 minutes cooking, and voila! French taste and elegance in a tarte...

Next post will be our next stop in St. Malo - Sailing, Mont St Michel and Langoustines!

3 comments:

Michael Low said...

Welcome back...always a bit of a bummer coming back after a holiday innit? To answer your question, no, it still doesn't answer my question....how do you sprain your fingers riding a horse? Sore legs and butt I can buy, but sprained fingers? I mean, I've ridden very little, but still...fingers and horses? Still don't get it....

zzzzzz said...

I don't get the bit about the fingers either. I mean, I can well imagine myself get sprained fingers riding horses but that'll all be attributable to me falling off the horse first and then flipping my middle fingers (yes, I'm ambidextrous that way) at the beast for having made me fall off. But you? You ain't got that rude habit!
Glad to hear you're so obviously having fun. Post more photos! I wanna see that tomatoe thingy you were blogging about!

S* said...

Sprained Fingers Commentary
Okay guys.. bear in mind that a horse is a very strong beast (that's where "horsepower" comes from right?) so when you try to control its direction with little bits of leather from its mouth (and I am not refering to Meah's weekend activities), and you cannot persuade the horse that it's a good idea to stay still and let itself be controlled, then you get sprained fingers from straining against sudden movements of the head, or the body (or even Your body) in relation to its head (and hence the reins)