On Bastille Day

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We had a low-key Bastille Day in the Loire Valley. I was slightly tempted at some point to bring Little Miss out for her first fireworks display but in the end rest and relaxation won out.

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In the afternoon we visited Fontevraud L’Abbaye, a town that’s 5 minutes from us, and home to a magnificent old Royal Abbey, where Eleonore of Aquitane and her son Richard-the-Lionheart are buried. But we didn’t visit the abbey, which we’ve seen quite a few times already. Instead we walked around the town and had a ice cream.

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DH paid a visit to Le Comptoir des Vins, a new wine shop that overlooks the centre place. It’s a bit pricey but you can enjoy a selection of local wines and also play jukebox with their record collection.

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After that we paid a visit to the Château de Targé in Parnay, a château dating from 1655 with troglodyte habitations built into the side of the hill. It’s a fascinating spot and of course, DH was keen to taste their wines.

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When we got home we ate cherries (a first for Little Miss) and watched the Tour de France. It was the laziest Bastille Day ever but a nice charge for the run-down batteries.

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