Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Muir Visit - Around Dijon

 My Uncle John and Aunt Rezan came to visit us.  We had a great time showing them around. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kellers - Beaune and Chateau Clos de Vougeot

Scenes from around Beaune where we visited the famous Hospices de Beaune which has one of the best roofs showing the famous roofs that Bourgogne is known for.  We also visited the  Chateau Clos de Vougeot.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Around Dijon with the Kellers

Scenes around Dijon, including the yellow mustard fields and the Well of Moses.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Showing the Kellers our life in Dijon

Our honourary grandparents the Kellers came to visit us.  They got a big kick out of the way we lived.  Note the desk lamp attached to our dinner table - we have very few sources of light.  Also my parents bed which had to be pumped every night.  The final photo was from their hotel room. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Loire Valley - 4 April 1989

Chateau Royal de Chambord

Chateau de Blois was of especial note as being where we saw the Porcupine coat of arms of King Louis XII but apparently have no photo of it

Dad's Notes: 

Broke camp in rain at 9:30; drove to Chambord; a magnificent, large chateau built by Francoise I; many towers; inspired if not designed by Leonardo da Vinci; big stove, staircases, including one fine exhibition on top floor; fine views from topmost tower.  On to Blois for lunch in Cora Cafeteria.  Afternoon in Chateau of Blois; a triple treat, Medieval, Renaissance and Classical; good tour through interiour, beautiful views over old town; good exhibition in Chateau by Blois Musee des Beaux Arts.  Still cold and wet; no camping, night in annex to La Gerbe d’Or.  Dinner in room.

Loire Valley - 6 April 1989

L'Abbay de Fontevraud with the kitchen in the background

Minor repair to the car:

Dad's Notes:

Drove to Fontevraud-L’Abbaye; burial place of the Plantagenets: Henry II, Richard I (The Lionheart), Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Augouleme; fine Romanesque Abbey church; much restoration work going on; wonderful medieval kitchen and fascinating medieval garden.  On to Tours by way of Chinon, an old city where Henry II of England died, and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, viewed from bridge over river, quite beautiful.  Lunch at Miami Cafeteria again, followed by long and interesting drive home, through beautiful scenery by way of Vierzon, Bourges, La Charite-sur-Loire, Clamecy, Vezelay and Avallone.  Arrive home just after eight, still cold and wet and Jane Eleanor full of cold.  Great trip!

Loire Valley - 5 April 1989

Chateau de Chaumont

Don't know where this church is:

Chateau de Chenonceau

Dad's Notes:

On road at 9; drove to Chateau at Chaumont.  Again beautiful pointed towers, magnificent views over Loire; interesting tour of interiour with xeroxed guide; Diane de Poitiers died there after swapping Chenonceau with Catherine de Medici, against her will; super drawbridge; wooded grounds.  On to Amboise for brief visit to see huge walls, then on to Tours for lunch at Miami Cafeteria.  Afternoon spent at Chenonceau, Chateau built over the river Cher; elegant and well-proportioned Renaissance structure; “Chateau of Six Women”; very good tour, including gallery over river; kitchens and many furnished rooms, guard room, chapel, studies, library, bedrooms, staircase, associated also with Louis XIV; two very fine gardens, Catherine’s and Diane’s; big fire in fireplace in guard room; avenue of Plane trees.  On to Medieval City of Loches and Hotel Moderne for night; statue of de Vigny, old city gates; dinner at Creperie on Rue de la Republique, excellent food.  Still cold and wet.

Loire Valley Travels - 3 April 1989

Easter holiday saw us head for the Loire Valley: La Vallee Des Rois.  Definitely worth it for the architecture and history.  Luckily my Dad wrote down what we did for this trip so I have some written notes to add.

Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire

Germigny Des Pres

Trying to stay dry:

Dad's Notes:

Left Dijon about 10 a.m.; drove to Auxerre where we had lunch in the rain on the riverside; visited Cathedral, very beautiful, exceptional front.  Dove on through beautiful countryside to the Loire and the Chateau at Sully, four pointed towers on the keep, moat, drawbridge and beautiful gardens; Voltaire spent some time there.  Next stop was the Basilica of St. Benoit; an unusual Romanesque building, built between 1067 and 1218; golden-white stone; reminiscent of Vezelay; bought “monk” candy in Benedictine book-store.  A few miles further on stop at Germigny-des-Pres, a Carolingian Oratory;  a little gem; lovely mosaic.  On to Orleans to camp for night; first meal cooked on camp-stove.  Very wet, cold night.