A weekend of trips for us. Firstly on Friday, we took a trip 2 hours north to the petit village of Le Petit-Pressigny in the south of Touraine to visit blogger friends Gaynor and Tim. They had invited us to lunch plus a walk around their lovely village which is so pretty and steeped in history. We had a great time and was treated to a fantastic lunch. I’m sure we’ll visit the area again soon. Thank you both for your hospitality x
Sunday was spent closer to home, visiting the Hope Associations book sale which raises money for Cancer Research. Roger found me the perfect book, ha ha very funny!! Afterwards, we took a stroll round the Vide Grenier, which was also taking place in the village and bought 2 lovely pictures for the house for 5€, bargain. From there we travelled to Celles-sur-Belle for an auto jumble, which Roger wanted to take a peek at. It’s all just boxes of nuts and bolts to me, but to the trained eye and if you know what you’re looking for, I’m sure it was all very interesting. There were lots of olds bikes, some makes I’d never heard of, all in immaculate condition.
On Monday, the annual trip, arranged by Meridien Green took us north again to the historic city of Saumur. Ironically, last year the trip was all based outdoors and the weather was foul, but this year it was beautiful and we spent most of the day in caves! The first part of the trip was a guided tour of Ackerman wines with tasting afterwards. The tour told us which grapes were used to produce their sparkling wines plus info on the maturing and bottling process. Very interesting but very chilly in the caves and of course I was well prepared with my flip-flops on. A short stroll up the road brought us to Les Tables des Fouées for lunch and again it was in a cave, but heated this time. We then travelled to see the riding school of Cadre Noir, one of the best riding schools in France. The name comes from the black military uniforms the riders wear. There are up to 350 horses at any one time, some belong to the school and some are privately owned and are trained for competitions and dressage. If you love horses, its a great place to visit.