When we move - and we hope to install ourselves in the flat by the end of this week - we will miss our local parks, that's for sure. We'll have the Pape Clément vineyards in exchange, but they aren't quite the same.
We'll also miss one particular local restaurant.
Not that we've been there often. Perhaps three or four times in nine years!
But each time we've been there it's been pretty special.
Binh Dong is a Vietnamese restaurant, and until recently was the number one restaurant in Pessac according to TripAdvisor. It's REALLY SMALL and for the evening you have to book in advance.
We hadn't realised just how popular it was, but when I phoned yesterday we were told that we could have a table for three at 9:30, so that's what we did.
The proprietor is a warm, friendly man and he greets you like long-lost friends. We were installed at our table and they brought us some little bruschetta while we waited for the waiter to come and take our order.
Pat and I had starters, but Catrin didn't want one, so they brought her a little salad while we ate our pancake rolls. The main course was delicious and beautifully presented. I then had a deca gourmand - a decaffeinated espresso with some little desserts - there was banana and cream, crystallised ginger, a kind of nougat thing and a super little chocolate mousse. The girls didn't want dessert, but the waiter brought them some amaretti with cream so they didn't feel left out. While we waited for the bill the proprietor replenished our wine glasses.
In the end we paid 54 euros for a super meal and for probably the warmest welcome you'll get in Pessac.