Thursday, 5 May 2011


On Easter Sunday we left Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and headed north-west to St. Gauderic to stay a couple on nights with my friend Caroline at her lovely home 'Marmiflet'.

Caroline breeds budgies.  I love budgies.  They are always so happy.

This is Mirepoix on Easter Monday.  I love this place.  The atmosphere is fantastic.

Tuesday morning we said goodbye to Caroline and Philip her son and headed north to Bergerac.

We bought lots of lovely things in this shop.  Bergerac is very beautiful.  We stayed here a couple of nights at a friend's Gite.  Thursday we left and headed north to Angers.  On the way we came across this beauty.

Most of the chateau is in ruins but there are still some parts in tact that it is possible to visit.  It wasn't really open for visitors yet.

This is near Saumur in the Loire Valley.  The houses are built into the rocks and there are many caves there as well.  There was an abundance of red clover growing on the verges.

We stayed one night in Angers and then on Friday headed north again to get back to Ticky's house near Mayenne.  We arrived just in time to see the Royal Wedding.  I was so pleased as I thought I would miss seeing it.  The next day we went to a party at one of Ticky and Nick's friends house.  A beautiful old former Mill.  Parts of the house date back to 1548 or thereabouts.

Sunday morning we left and headed north for Caen and the Ferry home.  Exhausted but full of wonderful memories of quite a trip.


Linda said...

Yes quite a trip indeed ! I am re living parts of it everyday
What about the North West Coast next Year ??

Vintagemaison said...

Lizzie - I know Mareuil very well - we go used to organise a book fair nearby and often went to a restaurant there - 'Chez Mia' where you get 5 courses of freshly cooked delicious food for around 10 euros - including wine! It's an undiscovered part of France that I love - great vide greniers in that area too! Carol x

Lizzie said...

Hi. It is indeed a very beautiful part of France and hopefully we will visit that are again.