Chateaus, chaffeurs and chardonnay

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
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Flag of France  , Pays de la Loire,
Sunday, September 4, 2011

A rather strange event occurred during the night when the tv turned itself on without warning. It was a television mounted to the mall and I thought that Scott perhaps must have rolled onto the controls, or that Master X had somehow got a hold of the remote control and had it with him in his cot. Then, being half asleep, I got concerned thinking it was some sort of national emergency warning. And then I guess I mustn't have been too concerned because the next thing I remember is waking up.

We drove from Port Haliguen today to the area of Mouzeil. on the way we went to the Carnac megaliths which are stones set up randomly from the neolithic times. They are not set out anything similar to stonehenge but there are so many more of them. Things like this always enchant me and although there was no great sculpture or formation, I was still intrigued to see them.

We are driving through the Loire Valley and the scenery is certainly spectacular. There are no mountains or anything similar, just an amazing array of colours from the various farms and vines, and smaller hills which obviously have lush vegetation. The townships are clean with many of the historical buildings preserved. Each little town seems to have a beautiful church in the centre, with stone houses and a great deal of history captured by each one.

It was too early to check into our Chateau, yes we truly are staying in a Chateau for the night, so we ventured down the sculptures park a few hundred metres down the road. There were some pretty unique sculptures there which I believe belong to the gallery across the road. There is a long line of rocks similar to the Carnac megaliths from this morning. There is even a sculpture that looks like part of a mini stonehenge. Very cool all the same.

But it wasn't sculptures we were here to see, it was the kite that Scott (sorry Master X) wanted to test out. Master X had minimal tolerance for the kite, especially when it got into the air and was far our of his reach. Scott on the other hand was in heaven, he was running up and down the large sculpture garden with his kite yelling "look at me". Ok perhaps not quite but not far from it. It was a fun afternoon with something a little different from the castles and the musuems. I had to drag both boys inside, with the older one putting up most resistence!!

WOW our Chateau. So it isn't Versailles or Chambord but it was hard to believe we were actually staying at this place. On beautiful grounds with a swimming pool and tennis court, along with horse paddocks and an old chapel, this place was amazing! It was a beautiful old style building, still furnished in older style with a few of the mod cons. Our room was spacious and we had steps up to our bathroom which made us feel somewhat special.

We met with some goats and horses, and our poor son was devastated that he couldn't kiss them. Feeling lucky, we took a gamble on staying in to sample the Chateau home cooked menu. And boy did that gamble come up trumps. An amazing restaurant quality meal which must have been good if I actually ate a main of fish. We sat at old style chairs and tables, with candles and light background music. We are getting used to this type of service and style every day we are here, and must remember to demand the same when we return home :)


Kite
Wiggles
Buffalo
Master X speaking in french off his own back now
Playing at chateau
Chateau dinner and experience
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