We cherish the memories created by our visitors when they came to Vaison la Romaine and we now have new memories from being with them in the
US. We were so well received I can only hope that
our hospitality measured up to that which they bestowed on us.
Visiting different towns and regions highlights the differences we experience in the
US. It is striking how similar shopping can be as
chain stores and franchises seem to be the same whether in Chicago or Charleston.
Dining could fit in to the same pattern but we avoid franchise restaurants. Most of the time, we have been very pleased with the food and service of a local restaurant/diner. There were a few-less-than-wonderful spots but they became memorable in their own right. We had a wonderful lunch with Betty at a restaurant overlooking Shem Creek and
and a great “small plate” meal at Nia’s
in Charleston Bay Chicago with Jim, Taffy, Alex, MB and French neighbor Jane. – and don’t miss
pizza buffet night at Pizza Pronto in
Naubinway (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula)
with Dusty and Tim. Mark and Dan took us to a new restaurant in Traverse City called Apache
Trout Grill and we had a nice dinner at the Waterfront after taking a sunset boat tour of the backwaters with Margaret, Gary, Dorene, Jackie and Norm. Edisto River
Wonderful restaurants! Excellent company!
Groceries are more regional than retail stores. I don’t think we have a Piggly Wiggly in the
when we were shopping at one in SC, we were amused when a special sale item was
announced in aisle 3(?) followed by: “There’s something big at the Pig!” In
fact, I am right now wearing my T-shirt from the Piggly Wiggly that Betty gave me. (The logo on the front of the
shirt is a smiling pig wearing a butcher’s cap. The back says: “I dig the Pig!)
I doubt that the local Kroger store could match that.
BTW, while in
South Carolina, we got to see an alligator at a pond on a
golf course (and signs warning residents and visitors: “Please do not feed or
disturb the alligators.”) – I was amazed at how calmly people seemed to accept
the presence of these creatures and thankful that I didn’t have a small dog to
walk as it/I could have become a meal.
BTW2, At the end of the sunset tour of
, dolphins began swimming beside our boat as we returned
to the dock – almost as if a film director had shouted: “Cue dolphins”. Edisto Island