FRANCE 2010: Arrived safe and sound, July 3

Arrived in Paris to a very warm day, 36°C . The motorway was bumper to bumper and it took us 2.5 hours to go 17 kilometers, but we managed and got to the Loire with plenty of time. Our hotel for the night is right next door to a amazing castle. Tonight is Luminaire night were they lit up the ground of the castle with thousands of candles.

Spent the day visiting a few castles along the Loire, Usse and Azay-le-Ridueau. Usse is were the fairytale Sleeping Beauty came from, so Philippa enjoyed climbing the turrets to discover the treasures the massive castle had to offer. Azay-le-Rideau is also a beautiful castle with turrets and a moat. We were lucky to find a market there. Hannah stocked up on Portuguese olives and Sean could not fit any more wine in to the car. As we strolled though the streets Philippa commented “I can see why you want to move to France everything is so wonderful.” We are currently at our first Gite, it is in the countryside so quite. It is  near La Rochelle I am really looking forward to going to Ile de Re.

This spot was mentioned by one of my favourite writers Karen Wheeler in Tout Sweet. I am currently reading Martin Walkers book Bruno Chief of Police. It is such a good book I am having trouble putting it down. It takes place in the area were are headed to next The Perigord.

The English couple that own this gite live next door and are a wealth of information they have recommended going to a historical theme park called Puy du fou  www.puydufou.com  so we have plans to check that out.

We have a week here and then it was off to Sarlat.

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