Friday, 29 August 2014

Blois...well worth a visit

The chateau at Blois

A recent re-visit to the fine city of Blois sitting on the banks of the Loire river reminded us of what a great place it is...and that it has a lot of steps!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Conice Agricole - Le Geand Pressigny

Le Grand Pressigny is hosting this year's 'Comice Agricole' (agricultural show) - an event that brings together the villages of the 'canton Grand Pressigny' - Barrou, Betz -le-Château, La Celle-Guenand, Ferrière-Larçon, Le Grand Pressigny, La Guerche, Paulmy, Le Petit-Pressigny and Saint-Flovier. The ladies (and some men) of the village are currently busy making 8000 paper flowers for the garlands that will adorn the village for the spectacle.

The theme for this year's event is the 'forests of Touraine' and it will take place over the weekend of the 16th & 17th August. It culminates on the Sunday afternoon and evening with a procession of floats, majorettes and marching bands then evening entertainment during dinner and finally a fireworks display.

These pictures and video below are from the last time they held it in Le Grand Pressigny, back in 2008


We took them from the 'Jullet' balcony of 'Les Balcons'

Jousting at Chateau Rivau

Jousting tournament

!6th & 17th August

3 tournaments per day, driven by the initiatory Chivalry, will take place in the moat of the Castle! : Saturday at 14h, 16h and 17:30 to 11:30 Sunday, 15h and 16:30. At 18h. Throughout these days, many animations will delight young and old! : Medieval camp by the Association de la Mandragore with medieval combat demonstration stick and dubbing young knights, introduction to archery by Archers Richelais, calligraphy workshop, tasting gourmet products, medieval market. In the magical setting of the gardens, visitors will encounter the beautiful lords and ladies and the collective organization of the medieval market Chinon and knights

Monday, 4 August 2014

Les Grandes Tablées

Celebrating Champigny wines, the town of Saumur hosts two days/evenings on the 06/08 and 07/08, where thousands gather to taste the great wines and produce of the area in a party atmosphere with live music.