Jean and Nick have had far too exciting a time in Italy and are now back in France.
On our way back home through France we stayed at Le Puy en Velay, the funny town with the two pinnacles in the middle, one with the Madonna on top and the other with a church. From there we went to Nevers and then back to Chinon for our last couple of nights.
Every year after that, we went to France for all our major holidays, often 2 or 3 times a year, usually by mototcycle but sometimes in the car if the weather was too grim. We toured the Dordogne, the Auvergne, the Drome, Province, Alsace, Brittany............
We went to La Rochelle for Easter several years in succession. No matter how early in the year Easter fell, or how grotty the weather was at home, we were always able to have breakfast outdoors at a pavement cafe on Easter Sunday. La Rochelle has one of those lovely micro climates with way above average days of sunshine per year. Except the year it hailed - but that's another blog.
In the summer of 1998 we discovered champagne !!
Inevitably, we began peering into estate agents' windows. We were just dreaming. We had friends who had bought dilapidated properties in other parts of France and they seemed to spend all their time working on them, something that didn't appeal to us. In any case, Nick especially didn't want to be committed to taking his holidays in one part of France and enjoyed being forever on the move.
I was not so sure.......