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Aberystwyth: An Unexpected Pleasure.

Nov 18, 2018 by

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Off to Aberystwyth to visit a relative, not seen for some time. Not fans of seaside towns, if we expected anything at all, we expected it to be dull, miserable, grey and wet. Instead it’s charming, uplifting, pretty, a lovely place to live. How wonderful when you find that your expectations were too low.

The Loire Valley: Vouvray

Nov 11, 2018 by

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  Finally got round to visiting Vouvray, the Chenin Blanc capital of the world. Wines here are made from the white grape Chenin Blanc (also known also as Pineau de la Loire) and only from Chenin Blanc. I had been wanting to visit ever since I read about Monsieur Gaston Huet in Wine & War […]

Montrichard: Val de Loire

Nov 10, 2018 by

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Looming over the town of MonTrichard (the T is sounded) is the impressive donjon which has dominated the countryside for miles around for the last thousand years. We assumed ‘donjon’ meant dungeon, a prison down in the bowels of the earth but no, the French use dungeon too. Donjon means the exact opposite, architecturally speaking. It’s what we call a Keep, a large tower built in fortified residences, a place of last resort should the rest of the castle fall.

The Courtauld and Tate Modern Galleries London

Oct 14, 2018 by

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Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. Dr. Johnson

Romorantin

Oct 6, 2018 by

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The best part of writing a book is the research. It takes you on a journey of discovery to places you would never have heard of and therefore would never have seen. A good case in point is Romorantin in France. Researching for Leonardo da Vinci: The Amboise Connection I found out that once upon […]

La Chatelaine of Château Cingé

Oct 1, 2018 by

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  We spent a magical afternoon in a privately owned Château. How cool is that? Like most things in Life, it came about through serendipity. First it was jump off the cliff time, moving from England to France, a decision taken, thank goodness, years before the Brexit fiasco. Then, one evening we went for a […]

Châtellerault

Sep 8, 2018 by

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We enjoyed an interesting day in Châtellerault on the river Vienne, a tributary of the mighty Loire, the longest river in France. It flows through Limoges, where we spent a wonderful Christmas and Chinon, one of our favourite towns, before joining the Loire.