We enjoyed a fairly rare excursion yesterday afternoon. We drove to a village about an hour southwest of Saint-Aignan to see some friends we hadn't seen in more than a year. It was a gorgeous day — bright and sunny with blue skies and a gentle breeze.
Along the way we saw this sign at least 10 or 12 times. It doesn't mean that your head is spinning, but that you're approaching a roundabout, also known in the U.S. as a traffic circle or, in Boston, a rotary. In France it's un carrefour giratoire. Negotiating traffic circles is second nature to us now, after living here for 15 years. There are fewer and fewer intersections with STOP signs in France, and more and more roundabouts.
The village we were driving to, Paulmy, is one that we've driven through two dozen times over the years. But we had never before turned off the main-south road through town to see the village center. It's much prettier than I knew before yesterday. We discovered a nice old church and a big château that we didn't know existed. More later...
We enjoyed seeing our friends again. They're English and are getting ready to go back to the U.K. for the winter. We left their house at about 5:30 to drive the 40 miles back to Saint-Aignan along winding roads with the sun behind us. We passed through several other villages, including Montrésor, above. And we drove the last mile on the dirt road that runs through the vineyard out behind our house.