Friday, 26 August 2016

It is so hot \t the moment here in the Loire Valley that even the sunflowers are bowing down to it!

Fête de la Chasse et de la Nature au Château de Montpoupon

Sunday 28 August, 5 th edition of the Festival of Hunting and Nature organized by the Vénerie Berry. Every year thousands of people come to Montpoupon for this day extraordinary with many equestrian shows, falconry, hunting crews with dogs and horses.
The festival starts at 9:00 am with a visit to the castle and the museum with the main event starting at 1.00pm
9 € / adult and € 5 / child.

Below is a video of the 2013 event.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Brocantes in Touraine this weekend...

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 20th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

HOMMES  Brocante Vide-greniers ?


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 28th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Vide-greniers

CHAUMUSSAY  Brocante Vide-greniers **

CUSSAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***
à 282 km

HUISMES  Vide-greniers ?

MARCAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

RAZINES  Vide Greniers **

REIGNAC SUR INDRE  Vide-greniers ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers place Strasbourg ?

VEIGNE  Vide-greniers ?

VERNOU SUR BRENNE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Saint Maurice Cathedral,Angers

On our recent trip up to Brittany one of the stops we made was in Angers where we took a fresh look at the  (12th/13th century) Gothic/Romanesque cathedral of Saint-Maurice. The rather imposing, though unusually narrow, building is best approached from the fountain down by the river.It's a bit of a climb but well worth it!

Love the not-uncommon differences in the towers...

and the detail on the façade.

The narrowness of the cathedral - there are no side aisles - is contradicted by the unusually wide Romanesque nave.

There is a fabulous 'Baroque' central altar...

with a colourful backdrop of stained glass in the apse. The transept was a later addition (15th century) to the cathedral with both north and south featuring a delightful rose window and ornate altar. 

The neo-Gothic styled pulpit (mid 19th century) was the result of a 3 year project by a very talented member of the clergy... 

you can't help but admire his attention to detail.

The stalls in the south transept also display some fine carvings but not nearly as elaborate as the magnificent  gallery organ which towers above the main entrance.

The rose window south transept's rose widow vied fro the outside of the cathedral.

 This charming, rather primitive statue sits under an arch on the south side of the exterior. 

The apse of the cathedral viewed from Place Sainte-Croix.