Tag Archives: Loire Valley

Moving is No Fun, Not to Mention Exhausting!

It’s 8 am on Tuesday and the removalists are already here (4 Russians, an Algerian and a Tunisian). They start with the apartment down the road from us where Jean Michel’s sons have been living for the last 9 years, … Continue reading

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Outside My Front Door

Paula McInerney from Contented Traveller, whom I’ve already featured in my weekly blogger round-up, is publishing a series of posts entitled “Outside my front door”.  I was delighted when she asked me to contribute and I’ve been enjoying hearing from other bloggers as … Continue reading

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Photos of the Week – Wisteria & Lilies of the Valley

We have been enjoying spring so much in Blois that we are sad to go back to Paris even though it will be a break from our travaux! We can’t get enough of our wisteria at Closerie Falaiseau. We also love the wisteria … Continue reading

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A Neighbourhood Party – New French Words – Holidaying in the Loire Valley

For this Wednesday’s Bloggers Round-up, I’ve chosen a description of France’s neighbours’ day by Phoebe from Lou Messugo, the latest French words to be included in the Larousse and Robert dictionaries by Stéphanie from Blog in France and, to finish … Continue reading

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First Fire in the Fireplace

We’re at Closerie Falaiseau. We’ve had dinner and are sitting on the sofa in front of the non-operational fireplace downstairs . Why, you may ask, are we not upstairs, drinking champagne and eating foie gras in front of our beautifully … Continue reading

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Monday’s Travel Photos – the Roof Tops of Chambord

Fellow Australian Susan from Days in the Claise, who also lives in the Loire Valley, but in the southern part of Touraine, has done a series of posts on Chambord Castle recently. We cycled there several times this summer, you … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Gardens of Château de Chaumont

Every time we go from Blois to Amboise, we pass Château de Chaumont, which stands majestically above the Loire River, with a quaint little row of houses below. I visited it some years ago and was not very impressed with … Continue reading

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A Painter Comes to Stay

Closerie Falaiseau was almost ready for rental when I received a phone call from an American and his wife who wanted to stay for nine days, starting just two days later. I was having dinner at L’Embarcadère with Kathy Stanford … Continue reading

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Meeting the Neighbours in Blois Part 2

Each time we’ve come down to Blois since we signed the final papers in April, most of our waking hours have been spent getting the gîte ready and planting potatoes in the rain. So this time, we decided we’d have … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in the Loire Valley Part 2

I just sat down to write up my impressions of our recent wine tasting with Femme Francophile at Vinomania in Blois but, surprise, surprise, I’ve left my notepad at Closerie Falaiseau, and I don’t know how much I can rely … Continue reading

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