This was our destination, the sunflowers of Provence.
Before we arrived in southern France the scream of car engines and the exhilaration of speed had to be experienced one more time at ‘24 heures du Mans’.
The dazzling châteaux of the Loire Valley held more appeal ‘pour mois’ – Château Le Lude, owned by the same family for over 260 years and still their main residence.
Château de Chenonceau, unbelievably stunning
A glorious night stop in Le Canard au Parapluie Rouge, (The Duck with the red umbrella!) thanks to Mr Sawday and of course the delightful proprietors Kathy and Martin Location Map
On route the following day we discovered this fairy tale gem, Martel in the Lot Valley,
We were pampered at Moulin du Goth, yet again thanks to Mr Sawday, with wonderful Anglo/Australian hospitality from Coral and Bill.
It was hard to leave this beautiful garden of the Moulin du Goth.
A breath taking journey through the Tarn Gorge took us from one side of the Valley to the other, on hair pin bends and roads that left no margin for ‘overly enthusiastic’ French driving!
We only had one short delay where roads were being resurfaced, in the accompaniment of a group of Swiss ‘Harley’ drivers…even older than us!
The mist kissed the valley floor early next morning, as the man next door steadfastly collected his cherries for that night’s supper.
Then by lunchtime we were back under the resplendent, golden arches of Place aux Herbes, Uzès,
walking the golden cobblestones of this very special place. For over 15 centuries this, the first Duchy of France, has been a rich and prosperous town beguiling all who visit with its rich heritage and charm.
Its limestone streets warming my heart and soul just as before…………..