France and USA 2008

Chinon, 19-23 May

We had intended to spend seven nights (six days) in Chinon, visiting the châteaux of the Loire. Because of Nick's pneumonia, we had only four days there, and for two of them he spent most of the time in bed, recovering. However, we did manage to get out a bit during the last two days.

Chinon was another pretty town, sloping quite steeply from the river up to the ruins of its château. Fortunately, the shops and restaurants were in streets running parallel to the river.†

Three pictures of roses growing in the main square.†

Chinon was where Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) met the French Dauphin and persuaded him to fight the English who were occupying a substantial area of France. Needless to say, she is very popular in the town, and there is this totally over-the-top statue of her in the market place (which, six days a week, is the town's main car park).*

One place we managed to visit was the Abbaye de Fontevraud, a most imposing building.†

A carving at Fontevraud.†

And a representation of Adam and Eve.*

The cloister.*

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We couldn't resist photographing the ascension scene in the Chapter House, just the disappearing feet and the watching apostles*

The main building at right, with the remarkable kitchen at left.*

We also visited Azay-le-Rideau, to see the château.*

Nearby, there was this old mill on the river Indre.*

We stopped for lunch one day at Candes-St-Martin, on the banks of the Loire, where there is this little church. Nothing special, but somehow very French.†


On to Perigord.

  *Copyright © 2008 Lynn Booth.  †Copyright © 2008 Nick Booth.