May 2, 2014
When we returned from Paris we had one day of rest and relaxation before traveling to Biarritz. Apparently it's where the beautiful people go so what on earth were Jenny and I doing there. Well the short answer is we wanted to see Castres play Bayonne in their last match of the season before the finals. More about the match later.
The day we drove to Biarritz the weather was the worst we have seen in France. The rain was so heavy that there were times when we could only see a few metres in front of us. We had to stop in Toulouse to pick up the credit card we had left there on our way back from Paris (we really are getting to dislike Toulouse!) before heading towards the west.
We decided to stop in Martres Tolosane which is renowned for its ceramics. Now this is always a difficult decision for me since I know that we will not be able to leave without spending quite a bit of the daily, or should I say annual, family budget. Martres Tolosane was no exception. We stopped at Faiencerie Jodra and the ceramics on display were exquisite. They were hand painted with designs that were first created centuries ago. When I started to search the web I came across auction sites in London that were auctioning pieces made at the Atelier de Faience Jodra and the designs were similar to those that we bought. There was a dinner service to die for but it had already been ordered and was ready for delivery. For us it would have been too difficult to transport to Australia and altogether too expensive a proposition. We bought six or seven pieces and hope we can get them safely home in our luggage. We also spoke with the owner and the artisan who showed us the manufacturing process right through to the painting of the designs.