“Favorite village of the French” declares the banner on this tower in Sancerre. We had decided to see this hub of the local wine industry, perched high above the Loire, and so drove in for lunch after a quick, and disappointing, foot tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire. You can see far and wide from the roads into and out of town, and we had a beautiful day to enjoy it. As we were running late for French lunch hours, our first aim after finding a parking space was to find a restaurant still serving. There are restaurants that serve continuously through the afternoon, but you can’t count on finding one. We got lucky with Brasserie de Piton with a 15-euro two-course lunch. We both ordered the same: a starter of foie gras with onion confit and fig bread, then a main course of entrecôte with fries and a bit of salad. Of course we tried a couple of local wines by the glass. It was all really good, and especially enjoyable since at this off hour, we could sit outside without being surrounded by smokers. We were certainly in good moods as we walked around the center of town afterwards, and then went to enjoy the views. We saw half a dozen restaurants in town, a few hotels, and dozens of wine shops, most with tasting counters. It would be a fun town to visit for a night, so one could enjoy tastings with no need to drive on.