I was off to a concert but needed dinner, so chose a place not far from the hotel and the Cathedral. When I arrived there were only 2-3 tables occupied. So he sits me on a long banquet, with six little tables, next to the only other single person! A man.
How embarrassing. He looked not too exciting, in fact he looked a bit odd but I can’t really say why because I didn’t want to look at him.
So I remained composed , but we stuck out like a sore thumb and for a change people looked ( when on your own you are often invisible), wondering if we were a couple at adjacent tables – not talking – only he was talking – to himself. I was very careful not to get eye contact in case he engaged me in conversation. When my meal arrived I heard a voice say ‘ Bon Appetit’ I snuck a quick look and said Merci.
Thank goodness he didn’t speak English. Anyway it was a nice meal – duck with veggies.
I’m writing this to distract myself!
Whoops , another couple have arrived as I’m leaving. Hope they don’t think I’m with this strange man!
It’s now after the concert and the saga continued.
When I left the restaurant to walk in the drizzle to the cathedral, my strange dinner companion came walking past me! He was on his way to the concert. We took a slightly different route but I arrived at the door just behind him. “Please don’t see me ” I thought, but he engaged the doorman in some conversation that had only him laughing and I snuck I behind him. The cathedral was almost 3/4 full and the concert was great.
It was an ensemble called Balthasar. There were 10 male and 6 female singers. 2 violinists , 4 cellists, 3 trombones, a sax and an oboe. Unusual mix but absolutely perfect sound in the lovely cathedral. The conductor a Frenchman, a lookalike for Robbie Williams, in a beautifully fitting suit was fascinating to watch. Only problem was it went on with no break for 1 1/2 hrs.
It ran up to 10pm so then I went outside for the 10.15pm light show. Unlike Bayeux where the show was on the trunk of a huge tree this one was on the whe side of the cathedral. It was wonderful. It reconstructed the building of the cathedral. Wonderful.
So I staggered home with my blistered toe just before 11
Off to Colmar tomorrow.
Might have take away tomorrow !