Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Had to be seen to be believed...

Quite a day in Tours yesterday what with having to swerve to avoid a sofa on the centre lane of the A10 and catching sight of the invisible man having a haircut.

More images from our recent sojourn in the south...part III - life goes on in Dulceacqua .

More images from the little village of Dulceacqua  in Italy.




Monday, 18 March 2019

More images from our recent sojourn in the south...part II - life goes on.

When visiting a new place as a tourist I love the signs of the local people living out their lives. These are in Menton.


Hounded out of the house...

We were working at 'Le Bourg' in Barrou yesterday when there was the sound of horses on the street...turns out the hunt had lost the pack of dogs (not for the first time). I heard barking from behind the house and on investigating arrived just in time to see them marauding through the garden of the house and the immediate neighbours gardens as well. Watching the sea of hounds all looking for a way out I heard Pauline screaming from the front of the house...three strays had come in off the road and into the house,she made a sharp exit into the safety of the 'little house'. I turned round to see the hounds and their wet noses against my recently cleaned French doors trying to join the pack! Managed to chase them around the back to join their mates - Grand Rue was blocked by hunter's vans/cars all looking for their hounds - not your typical day in the village!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

More images from our recent sojourn in the south...part 1

I took so many photos on our sojourn to the south of France that I am going to do a week of posting some more of them, I know they are not Loire Valley related but hope you will forgive this further deviation.

As it is Sunday I am going to start with a church, well a basilica actually, the 15th century 'Basilique Saint Michel Archange' which sits high up in the old town at Menton. The image above is actually canvases streched over the front of the basilica which is currently undergoing a renovation programme.

The beautiful inside however, remains unaffected.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Celebrating the Irish in Le Grand-Pressigny

Went along with friends to 'Chez L' last night to help celebrate St. Patrick's day (Sunday). Lisa provided an Irish themed meal and 'Celtiqua' provided the music, a very good combination!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Back to reality...and business.

Had to miss out walking today with our friends at the randonnee club this afternoon as had a lot of administrative things to do which meant a trip to Loches. We visited the tax office,tourist office, the water authority offices, the Orange shop plus a new computer repair shop in the town. Oh and our insurance office in Le Grand-Pressigny.  

We did manage to fit in lunch - in the restaurant of the George Sand hotel that overlooks the river Indre, somewhere we had not,in all the years of visiting this fine town, eaten in. It was busy but the service and staff were good plus our table was in a perfect location and although the food wasn't bad it will not have us rushing back.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Bit of a busman's holiday in Provence but still great

On our way back from Menton we stopped in on my brother's place in the village of Monmoiron which sits just below Mony Venteaux in Provence.

The plan was to catch up with Richard and Francoise (and on this occasion Estelle) before heading back home to the Loire Valley. My visits here have in the past included a little bit of help in the DIY department and this visit wasn't to prove any different.

Richard had had a delivery of wood for the construction of an extension to the pool-house (on the right of the house above) but it was grossly over estimated in size by the supplier. The upright supports, for what was ultimately going to be a bike shed, were 25cm square, even lifting them would have been a challenge. So it was a trip to the supplier to sort out more manageable sizes - no problem to exchange but delivery unfortunately would be a couple of weeks. Now it would have been no real hardship to have stayed but we had to get back as we have three houses to prepare for the coming season. 


There is however always something to do so, as Pauline, Francoise and Estelle went on an interesting trip to nearby Avignon and Richard was back up at his vines I took on the job of giving their substantial gates their first coat of paint. I was able to assist in another couple of areas which included using my engineering experience to repair a fairly vital piece of agricultural equipment that Richard needed to tend his vines...was glad to be of assistance.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Monte-Carlo or bust part III...busted

After our visit up to the chateau at  Roquebrune-Cap-Martin we continued our trek towards Monte-Carlo. We headed down some steep steps to take us off the hillside of the village to try and access the low road to take us there. 

This proved a lot more difficult than we thought as the steps lead us onto a road with no pavement. We spent a fair bit of time avoiding the traffic as we wound around bend after bend.

The only escape was to climb the few narrow 'chemins' (lanes) that presented themselves but these inevitably took us uphill rather than down!

This was the last of them appropriately enough named for us...

We had now been on our feet for 4 hours and decided that enough was enough as walking along the roads was getting more and more treacherous! It seems no one walks around here, mainly drive expensive cars!

A bit bizarrely we had noticed a bus stop earlier in a cut by the side of one of the roads we had been on at a spot where you would have thought it impossible to stop without causing an accident. 

We were pleased to see our little bus stop...this is the view from the bus stop and as near as we got to our destination.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Monte-Carlo or bust part II...taking in the chateau and its views...

We are back in Touraine after our fun road-trip to Italy and the Cote d'Azur, before finishing the story of our walk to Monte-Carlo thought I should show more of the chateau at  Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and the great views it offers over Monaco.