I promised Ron a meal at a French restaurant after last year's very bad introduction to life afloat in France.
Before we left St Quentin, we tried a new restaurant (to us) just outside the town on the road leading to the motorway.
It was a very hot day. We arrived just as lunch was coming to an end. All the tables with sun umbrellas were full but Monsieur offered to set one up if we didn't mind the sun. I mentioned we had a little dog with us and the staff carried the table and dining chairs into the shade of the trees.
We had a great meal and watched with some amusement as the other diners struggled, without success, to position the umbrellas to shade all those seated at their table.
Eating out is much more expensive than it used to be. Gone are the 10 and 12Euros set lunches; the bottom price for two courses is between 18 and 24Euros. Add drinks and coffee to that and the cost for two quickly reaches 50Euros or more. Worth it if the food is 'special' (this day it was) not so much if the food is pedestrian.