With the weather slipping back to slightly chillier times it is worth remembering that spring flowers are just around the corner like the tulips at Chateau de Cheverny which are so popular with early guests at our vacation rentals here in the Loire Valley.
We started working at Le Bourg yesterday to prepare it for the coming season.In reworking the garden I have created a bit of a monster that needs taming at this time of year to get it back in a fit state for receiving guests. As Pauline says however, what else would a pair of pensioners be doing with their time!
We always enjoy visiting Tours but when we are there over
lunchtime we sometimes find it difficult to choose where to eat as we are so spoilt
for choice. On our visit yesterday it was made a little easier for us because,
as we were walking done the pedestrianised rue Colbert checking out the menus
of some of the many restaurants, a charming elderly lady encouraged us to try
the one opposite to where we were standing. She said the food was all freshly
made using produce bought locally and at a fair price. After confirming she
wasn’t related to the proprietrice and her letting us know she was a local
resident with three generations of her family living in Tours, we decided to
give it a try.
The restaurant was the small but perfectly formed 'LaRuche' which retains some of the authentic charm of the eighteenth century house it once was. We chose the 'Plat et Dessert' menu at 14.50 euro. We both had a very tasty 'blanquette de veau' for our main, plus our choice of dessert, this is Pauline's below, I had profiteroles. It was all served very professionally by a young man (in a dickie-bow no less) and young woman. You can buy a bottle of wine from their wine menu at sensible prices or by the glass at 4.50euro.
The weekend is normally a busy time for us with regards to visitors to our sites and the weekend just gone was no exception. Off the back of this we would expect some interest in our houses being expressed in the form of enquiries but not today...our sites are down! This is a problem at our provider 123-reg.co.uk - very frustrating and difficult to keep calm!
This year's theme for this popular event with our guests, is 'Gardens of thought'. As annual visitors we tend to not pay too much attention to the theme ( I say we but Pauline does tend to read the descriptions)but take the gardens as we find them with a cursory glance at the descriptive blurb. We have rarely been disappointed on our visits and as they continue to add and improve the grounds away from the festival itself it always feels 'fresh'.
I like to think of myself as an ambassador for our delightful region here in France and where originally it was simply a means of helping us to promote our holiday accommodation it has, I must confess, become a bit of an obsession. This has lead me to exploring new towns or villages or visiting a new place of historical interest like one of the many fine churches, or simply walking in the beautiful countryside and then either blogging about it or adding a new page to my website.
I also like to promote local and regional events when I can but find myself sometimes being frustrated by the lack of detailed information available for the potential visitors. The event above is a good example (I am a big 'fan' of Joan). Here the local association 'Jeanne en Lumière' organizes an annual re-enactment of the arrival of Joan of Arc on March 6, 1429 in Chinon and have obviously put a lot of work into it but to find a programme of the day's events I tried to search on the local tourist websites...but to no avail.Did find some detail in an article here and on InfoTours website but nothing on Chinon;s official tourist board website,or maybe I'm missing something!
Yesterday was our annual 'Randonnée des crêpes' in Le Grand-Pressigny where over 270 visitors joined us for a walk around the village and surrounding countryside with the reward of crepes and cider awaiting their return.
Heading en-mass along 'Rue de la Vielle Poste'
By the time we crossed over the river Claise on 'Ave. Andre Theuriet' the large group was already beginning to thin out.
Heading off into the sun and countryside and forrest people began to settle into their own pace.
The halfway stop for refreshments is always welcome...
There was an option of 12.5 km or 9km with the shorter route taking you through the chateau grounds which on a day such as yesterday was looking resplendent under a blue sky.
Our final destination was the Salle-des-Fetes for cider and crepes which were well received by our guests. As ever, a great combined effort by the club in providing around a thousand pancakes plus setting up / clearing up the hall.