Monday, 31 March 2014

Upmarket brocanting at Azay le Rideau...

Yesterday's brocante at Azay le Rideau was a rather posh could almost move in to this stall, great display. 


Monday, 24 March 2014

More happiness...

They are also 'HAPPY' in Tours...but probably not as happy as Pharrell Williams!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Happy in Angers


The Pharrell Williams’ ‘phenomenon’ that is "Happy" is being adopted internationally to promote various cities and the joy of living there. Here in the Loire Valley, France is no exception with a celebration of its ‘joie de vivre’ being showcased in cities such as Angers, Tours and Orleans

Festival of Plants at Chateau de Cheverny

22 and 23 March 2014 the 12th edition of the Festival of Plants Organized by the Rotary Club of Blois Sologne to benefit several causes local, regional and national
A festival of plants: 
- Presence of the best regional producers, national and European 
- quality productions and multiple varieties 
- Many tips for amateur gardeners and respectful of biodiversity 
- Large selection of clothing, crafts, furniture and equipment Garden Rotary Club Blois Sologne takes on a new challenge:- Successfully primarily for those who expect financial assistance. For information, the total donations in 2013 exceeded € 40,000 for the benefit of: - Humanitarian: Association "People of the Mekong" Polio + Gateway (Food Bank) - Handicap: The White Butterflies (Reception Centres) for Tandem (Raphael Beaugilet) Telmah "Reach out to Para" - Health: The Tree of Hope (Research against cancer), disease orphan Parkinson 41 ISIS-Diab

Practical Information:
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 18:30 
Admission: 6 € 
Free for children under 18, disabled 
€ 2.50 for students (upon presentation of card) 

Monday, 10 March 2014


We are having a beautiful spell of weather right now...

just in time for the beginning of the 'brocanting' season which draws locals and tourists alike.This one was at Charnizay in Southern Touraine. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Taken in Touraine...

This is a photograph of a lintel over a window in a house "La Maison du Poilu" in the village of Bossée in Touraine.

The front of the house also has a soldier with the dates 1914 - 1918 carved below it - it is apparently the work of a then, local stonemason and was done around 1920. We have no further information as to why it was done or what event it may portray..  


Stepping into spring...

 The chateau at Le Grand Pressigny

With spring fast approaching we are being blessed with beautiful blue-sky days here in the Loire Valley, perfect for long walks and searching out treasures at one of the weekly 'vide greniers' or' brocantes' (think of car-boot or flea market) held all over the region..

Saturday, 1 March 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