Monday, January 16, 2012
Go team, go!
We headed off in to town and walked through the narrow, pedestrian only streets, which were teeming with people.The sales were on and everyone was intent on their shopping. The stores were full and lots of people were carrying bags filled with their purchases.
We looked at a few restaurants and funnily enough decided to have lunch at a restaurant we had eaten at a few years ago while on holiday. We opted for the menu of the day, always a good deal, the magret au dates gratin. When it arrived the duck was perfectly cooked in a really light date sauce and a square of yummy gratin potatoes. This accompanied by a pichet of wine was enough. It was off for another walk followed by cappuccino and meille fieulle for Seamus' birthday dessert. It was time to go back to the hotel and get ready for the game.
After piling on many layers of clothes we set off to walk to the rugby grounds, getting there with enough time to visit the club store and kit ourselves out in team colours - Catalan red and gold. We both bought red and yellow scarves, much needed in the cold, and I bought a lovely black beret with the team's crest of the front. Now we looked like true supporters. As we awaited the 8:55 kickoff we watched local supporters greeting each other in the traditional way with a kiss on both cheeks; not something to be seen at a lot of rugby games!
The concession area did a lively trade in beer and beignets, paid for with tokens. There were no vendors in the aisles as would expect in a North American stadiums.
Back to the second half. Gwent came out with intensity and were rewarded with a quick try. Then Gwent had a man sent off and USAP capitalized with a try of their own. Two dangerous tackles led to two player ejections for the home team but it didn't stop them from scoring yet another try and going on to win convincingly 27 to 13.
Since we hadn't eaten since the afternoon we thought that we could do with something even though it was after 11. We walked in to town where those crowded streets were now dead quiet and all the restaurants were closed or closing. Finally, we found a restaurant open and after a much needed pizza we were ready to brave the cold and return to the hotel.