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The château in Amboise, on the Loire River
The weather this past weeked was nothing like what you see in my Amboise photos. Much of the Loire Valley got two inches — 50 mm — of rain on Saturday and Sunday. There was some flooding over in Chissay-en-Touraine, near Montrichard and Amboise. It was mostly basements and garages catching a lot of runoff from higher land during hard downpours.
Walt admiring the cakes and candies in the window of a well-known shop in Amboise
There were two "mini-tornadoes" reported on the news last night — one in Vendée (west of us by a hundred miles or more, near the Atlantic coast), and the other near Marseille. There were injuries but no fatalities, and there was quite a bit of property damage consisting of fallen trees and big signs, along with roof tiles ripped off.
Luckily, we didn't have anything like that here in the Saint-Aignan area — at least not that I've heard about. We wanted to go to the L'Art et Lard festival (a food and art weekend) down in the village called Le Petit-Pressigny yesterday, but it was a wash-out. We were down there staying with friends Saturday night, but we just drove back home in the morning — an hour driving through heavy rain, with a lot of water standing on the roadways — to make sure the house was weathering the storm. It was — no leaks (good news!) and no power outages.