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On the 1st January, we left Italy for the French country side. It was our longest drive of about 500km. The scenery was beautiful with snow covered fields and small towns. We drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel which is 12km long through the mountains. We arrived late in the afternoon with the two satellite navigation systems taking us different routes - one along a rode and the other on a mud track. We are staying in my sisters and brother-in-laws house in the small town ...
... Charolais cow. Saw some beautiful countryside, green rolling hills and open farm land.
As fate would have it there were two brocantes open in Charelle so I was happily entertained. .
After a largish lunch we decided on a picnic of wine and cheese for dinner at the Chateau in the late afternoon sunshine with Olga the dog for company.
... decided to stay on and continue to run the chateau. There are areas of the
chateau which require lots of attention. It must take an enormous amount of money to keep it operating. As it said in the book in the room she invites you to share her and her young daughter's chateau experience. And that is exactly what you get. You feel like you are in her home and Isabelle was very welcoming.
We had left Périguex early as we had a long ride of almost 500 km, and were using the main roads. In the Burgundy region, we started to take the secondary roads and we came along the side of the Canal du Centre and stopped to see one of the locks in operation.
More information about the canal can be found at this link:
We arrived in brion, burgundy and were unable to find astrids house, even though the town only had 10 houses in it (and a church!) But wow, what a house! Built in 1877 and with 12 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms an orangerie, two barns, the remains of a tennis house .... The list goes on! We were treated to some wonderful hospitality by Astrid and ...