Sunday, 23 September 2007

Holiday update: summer 2007

A few comments and photos follow from our wanders during our summer holiday in August & September 2007. They're logged under their correct dates, so if you're interested enough to look at them as a set, start here and then click Newer Post at the end of each entry. And if you're feeling really masochistic, click here for Cassie's parallel saga of health and fitness - around the lanes of Breil.

This is an absolutely tiny collection of photos from the huge amount that Dorothy & Cassie took - oh, the freedom of the digital camera! Hopefully it gives enough of a taste without being too boring for the casual visitor.

On reflection, there seems to be an awful lot of food and drink. We did do other things, honestly. Like sleeping. And shopping. Oh, and wandering around chateaux and markets and churches...

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

L'Abbeye de Fontevraud

Another return visit for the Tilletts, and like our last visit, a glorious day. With its enormous abbey, courtyards, paintings and stonework, Fontevraud is a visual treat.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Another amazing meal

This time, we were in Le Pelican in Vernantes. You see us here with our superb desserts: a honey creme brulee for Cassie, a pile of profiteroles topped with coconut for Milton...

and astonishing square plates containing nine individual desserts each for Dot and Selwyn...

Monday, 3 September 2007

Chateau du Lude

The two couples had gone our separate ways the day before, and on the way back from their visit to Le Mans (Milton's choice), Dot & Milton found this beautiful place when they stopped for refreshment. They then recommended that we also visit and experience the guide, who delivered her commentary in French and then in broken English, both at top speed, gesturing the visitors through this amazing (and still lived-in) property. You can visit the website here.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Chateau de Clos Luce

This stunning chateau has been dedicated to the work and creations of Leonardo da Vinci. With astonishing reconstructions of his ideas - many of which were centuries before its time - it is also a very lovely place to be.

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Barbecue time

After all their help and hospitality, we thought we owed Ali and John a return match! So here we are at the start of what turned out to be a very - ahem - alcoholic evening...

(although we all commented that we should have felt very hungover the following day - and, presumably due to the excellent quality French wine, felt much better than we deserved to...)