Today's ride was called 'Relax in Ancient Anjou & Le Menu Ouvrier'. Total kms: 45
A slower start today. John booked us in for lunch at La Chaumiere restaurant for 12.30pm. Only about 13km away so no need to rush.
The ride today was very rural. We spent the day surrounded by wheat, sunflowers, maize & small farming communities. We rode to Parcay les Pins only about 2.5km away and then on towards Breil. Just before Breil stands Parc du Chateau de Lathan. We were more than happy to pay 3€ each to explore the chateau and its grounds. The chateau itself was built in the 19th century - the previous chateau being demolished and providing some of the building materials. Other buildings on the grounds are 17th & 18th century and heritage listed. This includes a chapel built in a tower from the original chateau. The owners, all siblings, don't live in the chateau but in the surrounding buildings. It has a 500m man made canal on one side of the chateau and a large mirror pool. Both are currently being restored and so had lots of workers and no water in them.
We walked around the grounds which included a circular underground tunnel that brought you out in one of three gardens - Jardin D'Amore (love), Jardin D'indifference, Jardin D'orgueil (pride).
Large topiary trees, a folly ( a small round building with holes in the side, we thought possibly for hunting) and a Trianon (see photo) could be found on walking around the grounds.
Then it was time to head to La Pellerine for lunch. Lunch was a set menu - salad bar, main, cheese, dessert, an aperitif, wine & coffee. All 9 riders on the tour dined together. We were all very full afterwards and still had a lot of kms to ride. It was also now very hot.
The next part of the ride took us to Lac (lake) de Rille. We were hot but the water was murky and not too inviting. So, we rode on to Gizeux. Another Chateau here - we were happy just to take it in from the outside. As with this mornings chateau, Chateau Gizeux is a family home.
About 5km more riding and we were back at Gue de Ray, ready for a swim and then dinner with everyone.
No yellow VW's.
7 tractors - told you we were in the country.