Frolicking in France; the Golays Do France travel blog

Pretty waterscape

Azay-le-Rideau in the distance

Tom disapproving of the small door

Tom and Whitney looking grandiose on the bridge

Most of today was spent traveling from Normandy down to the Loire Valley. Which in a way was fortunate as this is a national Holiday; either to celebrate May; finding lilies of the valley everywhere for sale as it is considered very good luck to find them on May first. Or it is for International Workers Day. We celebrated by not working (yay!) and our sweet farm hostess presented Whitney and I with little bouquets of lily of the valley, or muguet, in French. Apparently she did not think Thomas was in need of any luck...

In any case, there was little open today, so we wandered around the tiny town of Azay-le-Rideau, our home for the next two night. And from which we can stroll over and visit the chateau tomorrow. We did find a wine store open, and the owner was very helpful in suggesting wines, and allowing us to taste a rose from nearby Chinon, so we bought that and a red for tasting in our room. It was very civilized.


Today I drove for a long time. My navigator kept falling asleep, but we eventually made it to our destination. Pretty much everything is closed for the holiday, so I am drinking wine instead.


It has continued to be a very rainy day, so we spent a good chunk at the laundromat today before the 3 hr drive to the Loire Valley. This tiny town is very quaint, not a ton to see but we've got big plans tomorrow for ch√Ęteau wandering and hopefully a wine tasting. The hotel here is nice, a converted school for little girls.


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