07.05.2007 -17 °C
Hi, its the old fella's turn.
When we arrived in Paris on our way to the Valley, once again another challenge arrived when we became aware that out train to Tours departed from a different station. Rather than have an hour and a half for a coffee etc, we had to catch two different Metro lines to get to Mountparnasse station. We arrived with 5 minutes to spare!!!!! ( This is becoming a daily event). We travelled for about an hour then caught a 5 minute trf train to Tours, waited about an hour then travelled for a further 50 mins to Saumur. We arrived at the station with no-one to collect us. Yes I received some grief. After a few minutes Michaela appeared with a sign and we were off. The accom was about 20k's from Saumur in the valley. Michaela and Sue had elected for a sea change, and decided to start a b&b, accom with wine tours. Michaela ran her own software company in the UK and Sue was in the Wine Industry. La Grande Maison, was a beautiful old small winery, surrounded by a stone wall, with a number of small buildings that had been converted into accom etc. We settled in then went for a walk through the vineyards to a small village, with dogs barking and chickens making the only noise.
That evening we were joined by another couple from London staying for about 5 days, in a special dinner accompanied by local wines. Experience was wonderful, except for the first course of baked egg in a cheese sauce, which took a while to get over!!!
The next morning we cycled into another larger village, visited the church which is linked to the Notre Dame in other regions. We then bought bread, cheese and wine and cycled back for lunch. Later in the afternoon Michaela & Sue were heading into Saumur, so offered us the opportunity to visit the shops and Castle for about 90 mins.It was the first REAL castle that we had seen with moat, bridge etc. Village was full of shops, of course. That evening we walked back to the village (approx 2 km's) for dinner at the only restaurant. George and Sal joined us, and we enjoyed another beautiful local meal. Luckily they had a car, as when we left to go home, there were no street lights, moon or stars to guide us if we had to walk.
Unfortunately we had to leave the next day, so had a lazy start, had a tour of the cellars:caves which we did not know existed at La Grande Maison, then onto the station heading for 5 days in Paris.
Au Revoir for now.