12 July 2013

Bastille Day visitors

We have friends from the Urbana, Illinois, area spending the weekend with us at Saint-Aignan. Harriett and Tom arrived yesterday from Paris by train. We have a full weekend of activities planned.

I tried to recreate those delicious olives I had at a café in Paris last week for last night's apéritif.
They are flavored with tomato, lemon zest, garlic, and cilantro.

This morning, we'll be going to the open-air market in Montrichard. It's one of the best in the area, though not nearly as big as the Sunday market in Amboise (which will be a zoo this holiday weekend. This afternoon, other friends are coming over to spend the afternoon. We'll watch some Tour de France coverage on the TV and sit out on the deck eating and talking. The Tour is going through our area (Montrésor, for example) this afternoon.

Walt made a Swiss chard and onion quiche with Emmenthal cheese for last night's dinner out on the front terrace.

Tomorrow we're planning to drive up to Bracieux, near Chambord, for lunch at the Relais d'Artémis restaurant. After lunch, we'll see Chambord, Blois, and maybe the château at Chaumont-sur-Loire. Sunday will be the châteaus at Montrésor, Montpoupon, and Chenonceaux.

As you can tell, it's busy. And the weather is just perfect. We are finally getting the pay-off after all the gray and damp weather we had in April, May, and June.


  1. We are off to Montrésor today with a picnic.

  2. Sue and I will be watching in the early hours to see if we see our Loire friends Susan.
    I'm sure you and Walt will give your friends some lovely memories to take home with them - wish we were there.

  3. Those olives made my mouth water!
    Enjoy your holiday- dd Cathy and I will be celebrating Bastille Day in NYC at the Alliance Francaise''s steet fair. We are excited.
    Charlotte and Buddy saw the tour pass in ST Malo. Life is good.

  4. I'll be watching your posts closely this weekend as I'm looking for something special/traditional to make in celebration of Bastille Day.


  5. What a fun few days you have planned.
    Your visitors have a lot to be thankful for!

  6. We're loving Le Tour but wish we could see more than the abbreviated version we get!


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