France isn't suited for roadtrips such as to my liking. Businesses are often in towns and gasstations are
not on all major roads, nor are restaurants. And even then it is often for a full meal, while I would want something
light and quick. And coffee. This 'Pat à Pain' was much to my liking, there may be hope for the French!
Fortunately for us it wasn't tuesday as a note on the door said they were forbidden by law to sell bread items
on tuesdays... While most of their products seem to consist of bread and cake things!?!
Oh, the French...
Now isn't this nice?!
Back in the Loire valley, this time our lodging were in Montrichard.
Deserted streets in Montrichard and I am sure it wasn't later than 19:00 or so.
Not a party town.
Montrichard Castle. We could not find an entrance, but I admit we arrived after closing hours. We gave this one a miss.
There was a nice church, Chapelle d'Effiat, in Montrichard and it was open!
The historic center in Montrichard is small and this one was the only remarkable house I noticed.
The view from our hotel, overlooking the river Cher and a lovely rainbow; two rainbows even.
There is a very famous castle on that same river Cher: Chenonceau!
It is the most visited castle in France except for the royal castle in Versailles.
You will see that
in spite of the crowds I made a satisfying report!
It is the first report on my page Page THREE - Loire Châteaux
If you don't want a full meal in these restaurants in France, you have to resort to pancakes and crêpes. Oh well..
Next visit was to the town
of Loches, inspite of the label 'Royal Town of Loches' I wanted to visit a real
castle, complete with keep and defense works.. After having some trouble finding a place to park our car
we had trouble finding the castle.
But that was because all the signposts were marked 'Royal
Town' instead of 'Castle' and we had no idea. First we came to a church.
Loches (the Roman Leucae) grew up around a monastery founded about 500 by St. Ours and belonged to the Counts of Anjou from 886 until 1205. In the latter year it was seized from King John of England (Plantagenet!)
by Philip Augustus, and from the middle of the 13th century until after the time of Charles IX of France
the castle was a residence of the kings of France, apart for a brief interlude in 1424.
Not in the best of condition and in need of some restoration.
Note the damage done by damp and moist up there.
The church of St. Ours dates from the tenth century to the twelfth century; among its distinguishing features
are the huge stone pyramids surmounting the nave and the beautiful carving of the west door.
It contains the tomb of Agnès Sorel. (Wikipedia)
We did find the castle (only to find there were even two castles!)
You will find my report on this visit on
Page THREE - Loire Châteaux