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 ūüôā¬†¬†¬† 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 Ch√Ęteau 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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Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley # 3

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

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Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley # 2

Our¬†‘story’ of the Ch√Ęteau continues .. Construction of the Ch√Ęteau, 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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Ch√Ęteau 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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Between Bordeaux and Tours

Before we start our bus trip to Tours, I must share some of the¬†art pieces in the foyer¬†of the Pullman Aquitania Hotel in Bordeaux .. “Bonjour,¬†monsieur/au revoir, monsieur” A¬†larger than life¬†bulldog!!¬† We had a bulldog when I was very young.¬† … Continue reading

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St √Čmilion, Aquitaine, SW France .. # 2

After our delicious lunch at Am√©lia-Canta in the town square, we had a local guide who took us through¬†the¬†Trinity Church, the hermitage and the Monolithic Church.¬† It was an amazing experience, but no photographs are allowed at all.¬† Such a … Continue reading

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St √Čmilion, Aquitaine, SW France

After our visit to Chateau Soutard .. a short hop to the medieval village of St √Čmilion .. join me on our very interesting walk-about and¬†lunch in a brasserie in the village square .. All that remains of a Dominical … Continue reading

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