Our overnight stay on our road-trip was in Sancerre where we booked into one of the local hotels and had a good dinner in a surprisingly busy restaurant for the time of year.
On previous visits, for different reasons, we had not climbed the 'La Tour des Fiefs' which is all that is left of a once impregnable castle of six towers. Its construction dates from the end of the fourteenth
century. This time we did! - from the top you enjoy an exceptional 360° view over the Loire river and the Sancerre vineyards.
After our overnight stay it was off to the nearby village of Chavignol for a bit of wine-tasting (and buying) at the cave of Henri Bourgeois.
When we visited Fontevraud l'Abbaye with our recent guests we chose the restaurant 'Le Comptoir des Vins' for its convenience, it sits opposite the abbey and for its menu as we were only looking for a light lunch as we had a dinner party arranged for the evening where the ladies would be joined by our neighbour David.
The food was fine but what I liked was the music theme it had adopted...a little twee but fun. The proprietor let me choose one of his many LP's to accompany our lunch...we dined to 'Abbey Road'. A nice idea but I wonder how the rest of our diners felt of the choice or indeed how I'd feel if I entered to the sounds of someone else's personal choice.
For the last few days in the Craig household the males (me) have been slightly outnumbered as we have Pauline's sister Eileen and her friends Geraldine and Linda staying with us for a Loire Valley experience. We are trying to cram as much into to their time with us as possible,,,
What can we say that hasn't already been said, lovely place
to stay, Jim's helpful emails and website etc.. Some places to eat that haven't
been mentioned, 'Creperie le Kerlouet' in Chatellerault, Chez Grand Ma in Le
Grand-Pressigny and just a short walk over the bridge to Lesigny and the L'ere
Jim & Pauline were wonderfully welcoming and they even
managed to arrange for all but one day of blue skies - some feat for late
September, early October!