Earlier this week we took our guests on a little 'tour tourisitque' to visit some of the sights in our area. We had a choice of either going roughly north to see the Chartreuse du Liget, Montrésor and then coming back via Loches or going south.
|Angles su Anglin|
In the event we had a lazy morning so decided to opt for going south, visiting Angles sur Anglin, St Savin sur Gartempe and the Abbeye de Fontgombault. We pottered round lots of little back roads on our tour. Sadly the weather wasn't too great; though we were able to have lunch outside in Angles sur Anglin. By the time we were 'fresco-ed out' in St Savin, which we've written about before, we had to retreat indoors for a well deserved ice cream as it was beginning to spit with rain. A shame really as the buildings all 'light up' in the sun.
|chateau ruins, Angles sur Anglin|
On Friday our guests left to continue their holiday in Normandy and we caught the 7th stage of the Tour de France on TV. It came very close to us but we were too late to go and find somewhere to watch it 'for real' as they close the roads very early on.
The TV coverage had lovely shots of places of interest such as Montrichard--one of the French commentators pronounced it "Monrichard" without sounding the 't' as would be normally the case in French. He was hastily corrected by his co-presenter as in this case the 't' is voiced. We were also treated to ariel shots of Chenonceau and other famous/less famous chateaux. Next time the Tour comes to our area we hope to be able to watch from the roadside--even the waiting takes for ever and it is all over in a flash. The Tour de France had left for other parts of France...
|medieval bridge over the Gartempe in St Savin|
|view to nave with frescos, St Savin church|