Arrived in Orleans (population 113,000) about 1:30 on Sunday. The “City of Roses” was the capital of medieval France until the mid 18th century. Did a fair bit of walking – saw a gorgeous cathedral and several monuments to Joan of Arc. Spent the early evening sipping refreshments in the town square. Ended up drinking something we thought was “red beer” but which turned out to be a sweet fruity concoction. Guess our French needs a little work . . . There is,an astonishing range of ethnic restaurants – we ended up at an Italian one, sharing pizza, mussels and frites, and salads. Vin du jour: a very nice Cabernet Franc from Chinon, just down the road. Nightcap – a snifter of Cointreau (from Algers, also just down the road) served on ice with a straw – went down very nicely! A bit surprised by the lack of people in the centre of town – it seemed pretty quiet, but perhaps it’s busier during the weekend.