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... until we felt it appropriate to enter the crypt. it was lovely and warm down there and we nearly choked on all the incense!
The walls of the crypt are covered in messages of thanks to St Martin for protection. Many of these are from soldiers at times of war and conflict.
We went out into the cold again ...
... cold outside.
We have 'done' the Loire valley several times, but cannot remember visiting Tours. Although it is Sunday tomorrow, there is a bus into the city centre, so we have decided to go and have a look around. we are going to stay here for 2 nights and then make a dash for the Channel!
... as big as a poached eggs absolutely delicious, crisp crunchy baguette, prawns, and some kind of sea snail that is very tough and chewy with a very strange taste. Well, langoustines...? hmm not sure about those funny little tiny lobster things with very hard shells. We finish our lovely seafood lunch with a coffee. Second best coffee so far. As we leave we give our parking ticket and space to an American woman, ...
... with frustration at not being able to pass them. Really nothing much to see at all. Flat farmland everywhere. Drizzling rain has given way to pouring rain as we approach Tours, its nearly 4.30pm. We have been on the road for many hours. Really keen to get to our Gite. We stopped to buy fresh fish and salad for dinner and a bio break
Past Samaur and on toward Brossay. Finally through the village and we arrive at the gite.
It is stunning. Huge ...
... the monks who used to tend the gardens. They could plant whatever they wanted, so they decided to put themselves into the potagers as rose bushes. The low waterfall that runs through the gardens and eventually out of the castle grounds has carp that rush to the surface when they see you; they think they're going to be fed. They're just a touch on the creepy side, what with their gaping mouths.
After Villandry, we drove to Chateau ...