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Published: August 10th 2011
basket makers - what was outside and they were taller than me (not that its that hard)
I seem to be starting later and later every morning, but after a nice sunday sleep in and some breakfast I was on the road at 10am for my 40km bike ride. The ride was pretty easy today with a few rolling hills (ones that mum could do easy) and the weather was nice for riding as was slightly cloudy but still warm (about 18ºC). The desination today was Azay-le-Ridau. The ride started off through lots of vineyards and a few small towns. I biked through Cravant (in which there was a market), Panzoult, Crissay-sur-Manse, Neuil, Villaines-les-Rochers and then Azay-le-Ridau. I stopped for about 20mins in Villaines-le-Rochers at the vannerie de villaines which was a basket making place, it was interesting enough and there were some cool things made out of wicker. Once I got to Azay-le-Ridau it was about 1pm so I had some lunch, once again the sun was out and it was warm (25-30). After lunch I had a look at Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, it was a beautiful castle of medium size. I spent about an hour looking around the chateau and its grounds, in which time there was rain and then the sun came out again at 3ish.
view from the entrance
I then made my way to the hotel room, after settleing in I went for a walk around the town, being a sunday there wasn't much open so I got an ice-cream what I thought was mint-choc flavoured turned out to be phistacio-mint flavoued which was interesting but ok. after a wee walk i headed back to the hotel room and killed a bit of time and then went to the assigned resturant for dinner . The resturant was a small one with lots of tables crammed in, i had no idea what i was ordering but ended up with a tuna/corgette/mushroom pate for entree, steak and scalloped potatoes for mains, some cheese (no crackers but they serve bread sticks with every meal) and then as if i hadn't eaten enough the waiter brought out an apricot pastery desert, all part of the included meal. needless to say i rolled out the door, by thet stage was just before 9pm. i then decided to go back to Chateau Azay-le-Ridau as they had a night show, it was definatly well worth it as was very entertaining. they has animal shows, a chatty coachman who lead the group around for the night,
view from the back (i like this side much better)
a horse puppetter (real horse), a horse which they made unicorn like dancing, a blacksmith doing a show (like fire poi but with stick style metal) which was very cool, a b-boper who was joined by dancing horse and more, was really spectacular. athe only downside was that it started hosing down 10min before the show ended, i was lucky as hotel not even 5min walk from Chateau, but i managed to geet drenched. by the time i got back to the hotel it was 11.40 and i waas tired so i crashed for the night.
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