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Today Josine took us all to the markets in Bourgueill which wound its way through all the nobbly streets and buildings of the main street.
We had 3 hours of buying cherries, soft runny orange rind cheese, freshly shucked oysters, heirloom apples, some amazing dried figs to die for and wine of course!! Kevin was then looking intensively for a patisserie for a sugar fix which we soon found and ...
Our each day begins with muesli in the Chateau kitchen, then we get stuck into the laundry which consists of washing, hanging, drying and ironing sheets, pillowcases and duvets all with an ordinary steam iron! It drags on all day especially if there has been a lot of house guests. Kevin and I have also been cleaning rooms after guests have left, new bed linen, cleaning the bathrooms, washing the floors and vacuuming.
Outside is a never ...
We got up early yesterday and went to Angers for the night, Wow what a beautiful little city. Ancient ruins and modern art to tickle your fancy. We went to the Museum Beaux Arts which Kevin found not to his taste but I thought it was fairly interesting. The best visit was to the Chateau Angers where we explored the amazing grounds even on the roof where herbs were grown including an actual vineyard up there where the ...
... used to develop the surrounding town.
The importance of the castle diminished, and it was used as a garrison and military training centre. Curiously the Duke of Wellington, later to defeat Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, received his training here in Angers, France.
The castle was seriously damaged during the Second World War when a stock of arms inside the castle exploded.
The interior of the castle walls is much less imposing than expected from ...
... idyllic park of more than 11 ha, Coutancière allows you to discover the charm and history of the Loire Valley:
- the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud;
-the historical cities of Saumur, Chinon and Tours;
-the many châteaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley are at short distance.