09 December 2017

Montrésor (nº 17)

In my archives I recently found this photo from the year 2000, the first time I ever saw the town of Montrésor and its château. We were driving from Loches over towards Burgundy, and we had a memorable lunch in Valençay that day — for the atmosphere as much as the food. I had lived in Paris and Normandy years earlier.


We had rented a nice Renault station wagon [pictured below] for a couple of weeks. We spent the first week in the Loire Valley, based in Vouvray, just exploring, taking photos, eating, and drinking the local wines. I had driven through the Loire Valley three for four times in my life but I hadn't ever spent more that 24 hours here.


During that week in October 2000, I was just starting to realize how many small, off-the-beaten-track châteaux and churches dotted the Loire Valley countryside. I really enjoyed talking and listening to people speak French, because the Loire Valley accent and usage are the international standard for spoken French. I knew I wanted to come back one day. What I didn't know wwas that we'd be living here starting in 2003.

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  1. What a difference three years makes (2000-2003). And how interesting that Loire French is considered the standard accent. Much like BBC English I guess?

    We certainly have a wide variety of accents in the States.

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    1. There's that famous Midwestern American English. France has a lot of regional accents and dialects too. Paris, le Midi, le Nord, etc.

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  2. "Non, je ne regrette rien", so to say!

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    1. C'est vrai. Pas de regrets. Heureux ici.

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  3. And, it has been just the right fit for you!
    Judy

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    1. It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since we found this place and this house.

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    2. I think your question tag should be "dutnit?" not "innit?" which means "isn't it?" "Dutnit?" means "doesn't it?"

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