VAGUE VACATION

1947

In 1946 Joan Grant and her second husband Charles Beatty escaped England and rationing for a motoring holiday round France and Switzerland. Petrol was scarce, £75 was all they were allowed to take out of the country, prices had soared, but the food!…the wine!

‘We drove through Boulogne to the Brasserie Liègeoise, a worthy prelude to more than seventy restaurants in which, during the following seven weeks, we rediscovered the art of eating and drinking. Moules marinières, the first I had seen for eight years, steamed on the next table.’

An entertaining account of their adventures as they discover culinary gems and unlikely companions in the rubble and fatigue of post-war Europe.