France 2008

Chinon, 19-23 May

  The Dinan hospital reluctantly allowed Nick to leave on Monday morning. He was rather weak, but we set off for Chinon. We pulled off the main road to visit Grand-Fougeray, where we saw La Tour Duguesclin. *
  Because of Nick's illness, we had only five nights (four days) in Chinon rather than the intended seven nights, and for the first two days Nick spent most of the time resting. Chinon was an attractive town, with many roses around its main square. †
  The bridge across the Vienne at Chinon. *
  One of the many interesting buildings. †
  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 modest 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. *
  There was an attractive cloister. *
  A carving in the church. *
  And a plaque of Adam and Eve. *
  Fontevraud is the burial place of Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II of England, and their son Richard the Lionheart. There are effigies of them in the church. *
  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.*
  Then off to Azay-le-Rideau, to see the very fine château. *
  A mill house on the river Indre, close to the château. *
  An interesting shop in the town. *
  The next day, we set off to Montsoreau to see the château, a Renaissance castle originally built in the river Loire but now separated from it by a roadway. *
  Flowers in the village of Montsoreau. *
  Then on to Candes, with a soaring church ... *
  that had some interesting carvings. †
  Candes was another very pretty village. *
  Near where we had lunch, there was this little church on the banks of the Loire. Nothing special, but somehow very French. †

From Chinon in the Loire, we moved on to Bourdeilles in the Dordogne.


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