Just for a change from books, here’s a recommendation for a local theatre – local, that is, in the Pays de Gex. Three hundred milk sheep are wintered in the Bergerie de Baizenas at Thoiry, you can see them lined up at their troughs through windows that separate the diners at the Auberge du Pré Vélard from the sheep. They are the sheep you will meet on the mountain pastures if you walk the Jura ridge in the summer.
The Auberge has other treats in store. After dining copiously on lamb and local cheeses and desserts (with alternatives if you wish) the bergerie’s company of actors presents a play. We watched the hilarious farce ‘Numéro Complémentaire‘ (Yes, you do need some French to enjoy this!)
The modest Leblanc family hits the jackpot in the lottery. They set their minds on becoming aristocrats and marrying nineteen-year-old Laetitia to royalty. Their efforts are an endless source of comedy.
This is theatre with a difference. Audience participation is welcome and the effect is somewhat reminiscent of Shakespeare’s MSND mechanicals (though with infinitely more talent). It is my top tip if you would like to eat well and spend a very enjoyable afternoon in touch with life in the Pays de Gex. You can find out more at www.aubergeprevelard.com