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POINT LONSDALE, VIC IT was July 1992 and my husband Graham and I had booked a week in a farmhouse just outside the knife-making town of Laguiole in southwest France. We were to be joined by our three sons, Greg, Nick and Chris, and Greg’s long-time partner (now wife) Jenny.
Each morning the four young ones jogged into Laguiole to buy bread and croissants at the exquisite pastry shop. Our sons quickly became known in the market town for their gourmet tastes.
We explored widely, returning to our charming farmhouse each evening, mostly to eat outdoors overlooking rolling hills and deep green valleys.
The highlight was our special Bastille Day dinner at Michel Bras. When booking our farmhouse we were told not to miss this dining experience and we had written, in French, to Michel Bras requesting a table for seven for July 14. We received confirmation, in English.
Back then, Michel Bras had just moved to his hillside location outside Laguiole. That evening we had what will always be our most memorable family dining experience.
On the last day of this perfect week, Graham and I were preparing to fly back to Australia while the young ones were off to the Barcelona Olympics. It would soon be Greg’s 30th birthday and we suggested a Laguiole knife might be the ideal gift. We trailed Greg through artisan cutlery shops until a carving set was decided on, which is still used and prized.
And we continue to celebrate Bastille Day, although we were to lose Graham to cancer less than 15 months after that unforgettable week in Laguiole. Send your 400-word contribution to our Follow the Reader column: travel@theaustralian. com.au. Published columnists will receive a $100 voucher for Colorado shoes. Colorado (now stocked by Williams stores) specialises in men’s and women’s lifestyle footwear. More: colorado.com.au; williamsshoes.com.au.