Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Holiday reporting continues


So, after or last night in Paris, we packed up and headed to the airport to collect our hire car, and then we hit the (wrong side of the) road and we were off. On our way to a small village of St Nicholas de Bourgueil. We arrived a little early for check in, so we took the opportunity to wander the streets of the little village, popping into the beautiful church. After a while, we were hot (it was 33°C!) and we headed off to our B&B, where were met by the charming Benedicta. We popped bags into rooms then headed to the lovely cool wine cellar for a glass of cold rosé, then we became the crazy South Africans they will talk about for years when we all decided to have a dip in the pool! Their first swimmers of the season.

The next morning Mark and Debbie came along to sort out our bicycles and get us set up with maps and plans for the days cycling, they did this every morning after breakfast for us, and we really had some special days, cycling byways and country lanes seeing parts of the Loire area that I don’t think  many people do. Thandi was set up in a little wagon, which she called her chariot (she was most put out when we didn’t hitch it up to the car to take with us when we left!) We explored lots of the little villages, seeing some of the chateaus, enjoying the local markets, exploring… It was really wonderful. Even for TAKAD, who was not the most comfortable cyclist, she settled onto that seat and was a pro by the end. Some highlights for me, discovering that I would even be able to afford property in the area (despite the fact that I wouldn’t be able to afford to ever get there), enjoying a wine tasting in a local wine cave (the wine makers store their wine underground, in old caves) and then the freedom of the cycle. Loved it! Will go back one day…570 572 590 592 597 599 613 616 625 626 642 648 658 667 669 676 680 681 691 701 715 718 726 734


  runnermum wrote @

I miss travelling so so much…

Lucky girl!

  the aunty formerly known as donzil wrote @

Feels like eons ago…. miss you guys so much!

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