On our wedding anniversary we went to L’Ardoise in Chinon for lunch. Very good it was too; 17 euros for three courses, all quite delicious and served perfectly.
After lunch we went for a walk around the town. It was an extremely dismal day, cold grey and drizzling. Actually it was similar to the weather on the day we were married 16 years ago, although the rain was less persistent on that day and stopped for long enough for the usual photographs to be taken. I seem to remember there was a strong and chilly breeze that made the photos quite interesting.
We have been visiting Chinon regularly for those 16 years and it has changed steadily year by year. Shops and cafes come and go, change hands or disappear.
My favourite shoe shop was selling comfy slippers instead of its usual selection of summer sandals.
This smart gallery used to sell interesting underwear of the very expensive and impractical kind.
Very smart dwellings are often right next to places that have been unloved for a long time.
There are always plenty of places for sale.
I remember this building being gutted and restored a few years ago. It has housed various enterprises since and now seems to be selling fancy scarves and ornaments.
This is one of those doorways that fascinate me. I wonder if what is inside is just as grand as the outside, although it still suffers from unwanted “PUB”.