Chapter 54: Yes, we have no Strawberries

Strawberries_with_hulls_-_scanLater in June ’68, we had the Belgian Grand Prix at Francorchamps near Verviers.

I met up with cameraman Vittorio Dellavalle and we stayed at Le Roannay.  The food was the sort of quality one might expect from a top class hotel.  The region is famous for its strawberries and they were on the menu in various forms.  We had a morning with nothing to do, so we went for a walk into town.

As we walked along the streets, it seemed that every shop, whatever their normal business was, were selling strawberries.  There was even boxes of strawberries outside a shoe shop.

They were those wonderful Black Forest strawberries that are small and almost black with a wonderful taste.

We went back to the hotel for lunch and after our main course, we came to the great treat of strawberries.  We ordered.  The response ?  “Sorry Gentlemen, we do not have any strawberries”.  We told the waiter about the shops in town and he said “Yes, but our deliveries have not arrived”.  What a swizz !

Next chapter: Chapter 55: Fettine di Maiale alla Sorrentina

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