Saturday, 27 August 2016

Chauvigny...a view from the park.

On our many previous visits to Chauvigny in the Vienne we had only ever looked down on the public park and lake from the 'high town', so when we dropped a friend off at the airport recently we decided to go and check it out.

You certainly get a different view of things...and a pleasant walk into the bargain.

There is a path,not for the *faint hearted, that leads up to the higher part of the town

Once there you can take your reward of a refreshment from one of the local hostelry's terraces.  

* During the tourist season there is a 'courtesy' bus to take you up and down from the upper town.You can catch it at the tourist office and public park.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Something else for the weekend...Château de Montpoupon -Fête de la Chasse et de la Nature

Sunday 28 August, Montpoupon hosts the 5th edition of the festival of Hunting and Nature 
This cultural event around the traditions receives each year nearly 10 000 people.
Throughout the day many events, shows and more are available.
Opening the festival at 9am.
11 am: Mass of St. Hubert sounded by the fallopian
12 pm: The life of the huntsman and kennel with dogs on hunting.
From 13h: permanent shows in the Castle Valley with the presentation of numerous packs (walking and / or horse), falconry, horse show.
But also contest tubes, wildlife film projection, artists villages and exhibitors, sales to auction hunting ...

Throughout the day visiting the castle and the museum is included.

Prices :

Adult: 9 €
Child (6-15 years): 4,50 €

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Something for the weekend...brocantes

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 20th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

HOMMES  Brocante Vide-greniers ?


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 28th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Vide-greniers

CHAUMUSSAY  Brocante Vide-greniers **

CUSSAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

HUISMES  Vide-greniers ?

MARCAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

RAZINES  Vide Greniers **

REIGNAC SUR INDRE  Vide-greniers ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers place Strasbourg ?

VEIGNE  Vide-greniers ?

VERNOU SUR BRENNE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hirondelles' first flight

At the beginning of the year we had decided that we wouldn't be letting the Hirondelles back into the barn as they make a bit of  a mess over what is stored there but then fate showed its hand. The barn doors are pretty ancient and one night as we were closing them up a piece fell off and we decided that we wouldn't repair it as they were obviously meant to have access.

Below is the second brood of the year...

and we were lucky enough to catch their inaugural flight with them just making the top of the door before landing on the vine or whtever was handy.

It wasn't long before they got the hang of we have more mess to contend with!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hit the beaches...

With the current high temperatures why not hit the beach...yes here in Southern Touraine we have our own 'beach' on the banks of the river Creuse at 'Le bout du pont'.

with the water level low the kids here in Barrou don't even go that far!

 Many riverside town are creating 'man-made beaches with Montrichard (above) having a well established one with many facilities.

From Southern Touraine you can slip over the Creuse into our neighbour the Vienne where La Roche Posay has its own little beach...

or head down to 'LeLac' in Chatellerault and enjoy free canoeing. 

check out their website here

If you head a little further south to St Cyr to their lake you can enjoy a number of  water activities.

(Originally posted in 2015)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Getting in on the act...

It was live music from 'Deliacustic' and Paella with friends here at the restaurant in Barrou on Saturday night.

My night was made when I was allowed to sing with them a few times, don't know about the audience but I certainly enjoyed it!

As the night progressed others got their chance.

The group were very good and as we discovered, consisted of a father and his son who was 16 and daughter who was 17. Despite their lack of years they delivered a mature and classy performance.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Church on Sunday...Priory of Saint-Laurent. Palluau-sur-Indre

On a visit to Chateau Valencay (must do that post) back in July we stopped off on route in Palluau-sur-Indre and had a look around its church,Saint-Sulpice's but this interesting little village has a second ecclesiastical building in the form of the Priory of Saint Laurent.

Its shop-front entrance belies the treasures that lie within. The priory have struggled over the centuries to hold onto its lineage with the French Revolution having a devastating effect when it was sold off and split up for a variety of uses including housing. Its history is also a little vague as the records pertaining to it were destroyed by a fire last century at the Archbishop of Bourges' residence, where they were kept.

Restoration programmes over the years and research seem to point to a connection to the nearby Benedictine abbey of Saint Knee and a date of construction sometime in the 11th century.The frescoes that adorn what was the church of the priory date from the 12th century.

Their discovery is credited to the inquisitive children of the village who in 1940 found that the whitewashed interior held a secret past. The best examples of the frescoes are within what was the choir of the original church with the Virgin Mary and Christ depicted in all their glory and majesty.

More detail can be found on the walls of the church including a scene dedicated to the martyrdom of its patron, Saint Laurent.It is believed that at one time the whole church would have been covered in paintings.

The church also has a rather spooky crypt that must have a few tales to tell!

This is a plan of how the original church was laid out with the shaded areas representing what remains today.

This impressive artist's impression hangs within the building showing how the cloisters of the abbey would have looked whereas now its exterior  displays little of its past splendour.

An interesting detour for sure!