Our friends from Illinois left us yesterday to continue their travels in the Alps and then on to Paris. They are following the Tour de France bicycle race.
Did you know that there is a direct train from Saint-Aignan to Lyon? That fact surprised me when I first found out about it, because most trains from this area go to Paris, where you can connect to lines leading to other regions and cities.
The train from Saint-Aignan to Lyon originates in Tours — our largest local city — and includes stops in Vierzon, Bourges, Nevers, Moulins, and many more towns and villages along the way. The trip takes just more than five hours. At Lyon, you can get a train to Grenoble or Marseille, for example.
Anyway, I'm pretty exhausted after four days of touring around by car, preparing food at home, and coping with our "hot" weather. In fact, we had a beautiful weekend, with temperatures in the 80s F and bright sunshine. We had lunch on Saturday at the Relais d'Artémis in Bracieux, just outside the walled park of the Château de Chambord, and we sat outside on the terrace.
In fact, even at home, we had all our lunches and dinners out on the front terrace. It was a treat, and it was a great weekend. We hadn't seen Harriett and Tom since 2006, when we visited them in Illinois, and they hadn't come to France since 1985. We've been friends for 35 or 40 years.
Today I'll just post a few more pictures that I took at Chambord Saturday afternoon. The first is of a portrait of the Renaissance king François Ier. The others are details of a gigantic Renaissance-era tapestry showing hunting scenes.