This was the weekend (Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 – Journées du Patrimoine) of the year when houses and monuments in France and our own region Centre-Val de Loire, whose doors are normally closed, or who charge an admission, freely open up to the general public and take you to places not normally seen. Pauline and I, together with friends David and Karen, managed to make a full day of visits starting with...my son Mark who has a very good English degree and aspires to be a writer says I'm only allowed three dots here - and he should know but hey life's too short and so are these dots........sorry I digress,,,,,,
Yesterday was better planned. We set off early, though not as early as planned (you know who you are!) but still arrived well before any crowds. We were treated to a guided visit by a very amiable lady who was kind enough to give us some English translations (David was also a great help) which added to the experience. What a lot of digging must have gone on to create this labyrinth of tunnels. They should have perhaps tried the John Lennon approach and given peace a chance - could have saved them so much work. If you are visiting Southern Touraine on Patrimoine day seek it out.
Next weekend the village of Betz-le-Château has its annual Banana Party (honest) -- can't wait !