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Published: September 19th 2013
A definite autumnal feel to the day when I opened the Tandy door to check the weather this morning. More leaves on the ground and the campsite grass was very damp.
Had a lovely visitor just across the river, a massive Grey Heron who perched himself on a tree trunk and sat watching the river waiting for his breakfast to swim past.
We made a leisurely start as only had the small town and its chateau to visit. I totally confused Bob once we were in the town as he, having forgotten his watch, relied on me for a time check. I am accustomed to looking at Tandy’s clock and adding an hour as that is still on UK time. When Bob asked what time it was as we were having a coffee I automatically added an hour and told him it was 1pm when of course it was really only 12 noon. He spent some time trying to work out why the church clock had struck so many times. This did mean we had an hour in hand before we visited the chateau which was open at 2pm. We walked round the town but not really a lot
to see. All buildings of any note have signs on them but this town’s attraction is the chateau and its ramparts.
I would have been more than happy to find some shops worth browsing but sadly (for me), on this trip, nice shops have been in very short supply. This is often because we tend to get into towns during the long lunch breaks but this trip we just haven't been in to many towns and when we have all the shops have been closed because it is end of season. It seems therefore that holiday souvenirs will comprise wine for Bob and some nice culinary additions (walnut oil and a stick of garlics) from the supermarket for me. Didn't even need postcards as I have sent only digital ones using my own photos.
Having once again failed to find any shops, we returned to the café across from the chateau for lunch and bravely sat outside. It was really rather chilly as we were out of the sun and I wished I had a jacket to put on.
At 2pm prompt we went into the chateau and took a walk round the gardens until the bell
rang and we were called for our guided tour, in French. Bob read the English explanation but I preferred to try to follow the French guide and was pleased to find I got at least the guist of everything she said even if I didn’t exactly understand everything. The chateau is inhabited so only a selection of rooms are included on the tour but it was interesting and we enjoyed it.
Once the guided part had finished we went up onto the ramparts where the view of the chateau is from roof level. As these roofs are very attractive with lots of slate covered turrets this proved an excellent viewpoint.
From there we visited the church, the Collegiate de Notre Dame. I must point out here that while we were walking round the town I was trying to identify anything I could remember from when we visited here, briefly in October 2003. If it didn’t say so in my diary from that trip and in a few photos I took, I would not believe we had been here before.
I can now positively compare the photo I took today of the church interior with one I took
in 2003 and yes there is no doubt it is the same church. We concluded that in 2003 we approached the town from the other side and got an entirely different viewpoint.
As we have a few hours spare tomorrow we have decided to visit Clenonceau chateau. We have been there before but it is lovely and will make an excellent stopping off spot on our way to the aire on the banks of the Loire in Beaugency.
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