The Devil Dog got a call the other day from none other than Francois deLay du Pompideau, racanteur extraordinaire, and wing man for the ages when trundling across the vineyards of France. You may know him better as travel writer Kent St John of Gonomad.com and the author of the international blogfest "Be Our Guest".
Thats Francois above peddling through the vineyards of Burgandy just south of Beaune on the way to Puligny Montrachet. Thats him below at Chateau Bligny amongst the rest of our intrepid group as we sampled champagne from one of only two official Champagne Chateau in France.
He has just returned from the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland Australia which must have been epic in its wonder. Then he had a previously scheduled bout of surgery for skin cancer, and though he looked like the Phantom of the Opera in his post operative wrappings, Francois De Lay is a ruggedly handsome man who will bounce back soon and return to the feathered liberties of the road less traveled. (Thats us in the picture below). So heres to you Francois. A man of character and courage, wit and wisdom, and a good friend.