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day 3 #305296
08/22/2023 11:21 AM
08/22/2023 11:21 AM
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mahokid Offline OP
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Caught a bit of sunshine early in the morning only to have heavy cloud cover the rest of the day, but at least not much rain
although not going to the beach, the sand gravity is apparent as we aren't doing much planned activities

made our way over to bacchus express in the late afternoon to find the end of the day sweets and enjoyed a coffee eclair and a good sized coconut macaroon
Hopefully going back today as that macaroon rocked, en Francais it is a rocher co co

our original plan was to stay in the village but our choice was closed on Monday so we had a early dinner at La Villa
Sunday night in Gran Case was very busy while Monday was very quiet

Florence is still on vacation while Christophe had the night off
JC and Cedric were on the floor along with a bartender

In all honestly we go to La Villa for the friendly service not the food

The amuse for the evening was a chilled carrot-potato soup

My wife started with a menu special of lobster Thermador served over a puff pastry, it was incredible with chunks of lobster
Again trying to not order my usual, I licked the plate of frog legs served in a garlic butter sauce
for those who aren't sure, consider them like French chicken wings
My wife would not partake despite how good they were but she did soak her bread in the sauce

With nothing jumping over the menu for us to choose, my wife enjoyed the seared rare tuna and saved half for a future lunch
I demolished a perfectly cooked filet with a foie gras sauce accompanied with properly cooked vegetables and delicious potatoes gratin
I was pleasantly surprised on how good the filet was

Not being a big dessert eater, my wife finished off the meal with a coffee with vanilla ice cream while I finished with tiramisu

three different rum shots were poured with the last out of what looked like a plastic gasoline container and yes it tasted like it too as it was the strongest of the three

John Carlos is so great at making old and new customers feel at home

Overall a great night at La Villa

Home early to watch the end of the bachelor as one of the finalist grew up about 15 minutes from our home

Attached Files la villa amuse.jpgLa villa thermador.jpgLa villa frog legs.jpgLa villa filet.jpgLa villa tuna 23.jpgLa villa coffee.jpg
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Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305297
08/22/2023 11:33 AM
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Wow! Looks great, but a lot of food! Both of you got two entres??

You have American TV at your rental?


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Re: day 3 [Re: Carol_Hill] #305303
08/22/2023 05:53 PM
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mahokid Offline OP
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Carol,

My wife did have half her mian course boxed to enjoy for a latter lunch and unless included does not order dessert

Yes the basics major stations along with weather channel and ESPN and some others, only TV is downstairs in living room
Also Netflix if you wanted to watch a movie maybe on a rainy day
We actually ate early last night to watch the Bachelorette final since one of the last two guys lived very close to us

As much as we are enjoying So Chic Villas, we toured another unit in the same complex today and it is almost double the size with a great view and actually costs less.

It is represented by Blue Ocean Villas who we worked with last year and were very happy, agent met us today to check out another rental
The rental we like for our time in Orient next year is Neptune, I think it is a great price for what it offers

We love staying in Orient as it's 8 minutes to Gran Case, walking distance to beach and village (probably can walk to that other area where we don't go) and we feel very safe
The pool is absolutely empty except a few other folks although most of the time we are by ourselves

Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305305
08/22/2023 05:55 PM
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Had trouble downloading but catching on

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Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305306
08/22/2023 05:55 PM
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OK, thanks very much. That is unusual, for anyplace on the French side to have US channels. We are boring people these days, so really like to have a TV to watch for an hour or two at night before we turn in.


Carol Hill
Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305321
08/23/2023 07:13 AM
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Great photos and descriptions about the La Villa experience!

That Tiramisu looks perfect!

You won’t be disappointed with Neptune. We rented that unit a couple of trips ago and the location can’t be any more perfect. Close enough to hear the waves but far enough away to let the busy days fade into the background. That unit was the most well stocked rental we ever used. Starbucks nespresso cups, large ice cube molds and assorted kitchen items. Very nicely appointed and everything worked as it should except the water. I know the property manager was going to be working on getting her clients to purchase cisterns but not sure of the timeline or if it ever happened.

Keep the reports coming!

Thank you!

Re: day 3 [Re: BenP] #305323
08/23/2023 07:37 AM
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Thanks Ben,

Those Starbucks pods seals the deal!!

Re: day 3 [Re: Carol_Hill] #305327
08/23/2023 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
OK, thanks very much. That is unusual, for anyplace on the French side to have US channels. We are boring people these days, so really like to have a TV to watch for an hour or two at night before we turn in.



Carol, with the popularity of streaming services now, and most places having Wi-Fi, I think you'll find US TV more common on the French side. We had it at our villa in April.

Re: day 3 [Re: GaKaye] #305328
08/23/2023 09:00 AM
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Georgia--I guess I was speaking about places in Orient Village in particular. Many of them, including full villas, don't have US TV. Canoua, close to where you stayed, had US TV also.


Carol Hill
Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305695
08/31/2023 08:26 PM
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Yes I’m trying to figure out how to get American channels in January.

Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305709
09/01/2023 11:45 AM
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Agree 100% on your review of La Villa, my wife loves the food, for me , i am more a fan of the way they treat you - just like family, in a good way.

Re: day 3 [Re: mahokid] #305853
09/04/2023 01:35 PM
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Mahokid,

We use Blue Ocean Villas all the time. Sonja is a pleasure to work with and has always handled any issues or concerns promptly.


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