Friday, 28 February 2014

Taken in Touraine...


This weeks photograph 'Taken in Touraine' is by Jean from averygrandpressigny...


...taken in the charming village of Chédigny during its 'Rose Festival'


This year's event is on the 31st of May and 1st of June

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Taken in Touraine...


This is the lovely bridge over 'La Roumer' on Rue Charles VIII, in one of our favourite places in the Loire Valley - Langeais


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

'Mamie Bigoude' in Tours...we said we'd be back



After using the facade of this restaurant in our 'Taken in Touraine' feature we decided we' have to check it out - and last Wednesday  we did.


We are really glad we did...it is a very interesting establishment with some quirky room settings and fittings.




Like the balls of wool light fitting in the downstairs dining room - which incidentally has the most absurd collection of tapestries we've seen put together but somehow they seem to belong!



Not quite sure what the styling  is meant to be - there is certainly a 50's influence mixed with the quirkiness.


Upstairs you have a choice of room settings...


...like the bathroom


 ...or the bedroom


Being a Wednesday it filled up quickly with mums and children who all seemed to love the funky atmosphere - because it was busy the service was a little slow but this was made up for by the price of lunch and the surroundings.


The Humphrey Bogart (?) gallete was tasty and the little 'Pot de'Toinette' yummy!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Taken in Touraine...



This photograph was taken in the small but charming village of Chaumussay in the valley of the Claise river In Southern Touraine - it is worth making a detour to drive through here in summer to view their floral arrangements plus the 'grotto' cut into the rock face at one end of the lovely stone bridge.



This used to be a place of pilgrimage and the waters from its fountain were believed to cure eye problems.
It is illuminated at night for added effect.




Saturday, 1 February 2014