|Port of Le Grau-du-Roi|
I made reservations at Le Vivier Restaurant early in the day. As we made our way toward Le Grau-du-Roi, it became clear we would be quite late for our reservation because of heavy traffic on the A-9. So I called and they said come ahead, but get there as soon as possible.
|Couteaux (Razer Clams)|
The main courses offer a nice selection of fish, any of which I would have been happy to try. Cousin Christine chose the "Poisson du Jour" which this day were Rougets accompanied by veggies and a sweet potato puree.
|Rougets with Sweet Potato Puree and Vegetables|
Shirley opted for the filet of Daurade (Sea Bream) with a mint, dill and citrus broth accompanied by tomatoes and zucchini.
|Filet of Daurade (Sea Bream) with a Mint, Dill and Citrus Broth accompanied by Tomatoes and Zucchini|
Jean-Marc and I both ordered Whole Wild Fish which were a duo of whole fish, which changes plate to plate with a citrus cream sauce accompanied by crushed potatoes and veggies.
|Duo of Wild Whole Fish with a Citrus Cream Sauce and Crushed Potatoes and Vegetables|
Our dessert selections were Frozen Citrus Souffle accompanied by a citrus coulis and fresh fruit,
|Frozen Citrus Souffle with Citrus Coulis and Fresh Fruit|
Lingot Glace accompanied by caramelized peanuts and fresh fruit,
|Lingot Glace with Caramelized Peanuts and Fresh Fruit|
Frozen Chocolate Souffle and fresh fruit.
|Frozen Chocolate Souffle with Fresh Fruit|
After lunch, we walked along the canal that connects the fishing port to the Mediterranean to see the lighthouse at the entrance. As we walked, we watched the water jousters (Joutes Nautique in French) in combat on the canal.
|Water Jousting Team|
Jousters carry a shield 70 cm high and 40 cm wide and a lance 2.8 meters long. They must wear white outfits and white shoes. As the boats approach each other propelled by the rowers, the jousters crouch with their lances directed towards their opponent. A direct hit will propel the unlucky jouster into the air before he falls into the water.
|Water Jousting Team|
In case you think these matches have been created as tourists attractions, you will be interested to learn that jousts have been carried out since ancient times. There are records of jousts going all the way back to the time of Christ. This form of jousting is practiced in eight towns in the Herault Department and one town in the Gard, Le Grau-du-Roi.
|The Water Jousting Teams Meet in "Combat".|
Our meal at Le Vivier with the dishes of very fresh fish and seafood prepared by an excellent chef made the trip from Sablet worthwhile. Finding out they were jousting on the canal was just icing on the cake.