Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dinner at the delightfully charming Beatrice’s goat farm ..

…. called L’Etape Gourmande on the estate of La Giraudiere at Villandry, near Tours in the Loire Valley.  At last, I hear you say 🙂    A peek at the 17th century farm before meeting the lovely Beatrice outside the converted barn … Continue reading

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On the way to dinner at Beatrice’s goat farm, Tours, Loire Valley

Moving on … in France !!   ..remember we are still on Day 9 but nearing evening.  We bypassed the city of Tours en route to our hotel – Mercure Tours Nord to freshen up before dinner at a goat farm, … Continue reading

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Robyn’s ‘kitchen’ tea/bachelorette

We have known Robyn for about 12 years.   Robyn, Elaine and Candice have been the best of friends since the beginning of high school.  They have shared everything together .. laughter, tears, joys, sadness, secrets, boy-talk, girl-talk .. .. .. they … Continue reading

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Gardens of Château de Chenonceau

I had never seen, in real life (!) such large formal gardens before (we hadn’t been seen the magnificent gardens of Versailles yet !)  ..  I was in awe !! Diane de Poitiers’ garden : Forecourt in front .. Chancellerie in background .. … Continue reading

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Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley # 3

Continuing our story of the magnificent Château de Chenonceau wherein lived kings and queens, mistresses and courtiers,  … …  as well as the employees on the land and within the Château walls.    A place that stood the test of time, during times of war and times of … Continue reading

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Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley # 2

Our ‘story’ of the Château continues .. Construction of the Château, which spans the River Cher via a series of graceful arches, began in 1513 for Thomas Bohier, a court minister for King Charles III, although much of the work and design … Continue reading

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Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley

It’s like walking into a large book fairytale book !!  As you open the cover of the book,  an avenue of plane trees lies before you … ..  a river flows under the bridge .. … children feed ducks on the river bank .. .. … Continue reading

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