Monday, 21 July 2014

A reet good do...

Can only describe day two of the Festival Cape et Epée. Despite a little rain people came from far and wide to enjoy a full day of varied entertainment; the normally quiet town of Richelieu was packed.


Elizabeth showed off her dancing skills

The musicians sounded great
 And the procession...

The Cardinal blessed the crowds

The costumes were fantastic

Even with a bit of technology thrown in!!

The event was brought to a close with FIRE...
video

and as usual a grand firework display.

If you missed it... You will have to wait two years for the next one!!!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

All the Fun of the Festival!

This afternoon saw the start of the Festival Cape et Epée, held in Richelieu every two years.

And what a fun filled afternoon it was! So here are a few photos to give a little of the flavour of the event...


Can't wait to get back there for tonight's events and then for the big day, tomorrow!!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Don't forget....

This weekend 19th and 20th July is the Richelieu Cape and Epee...


Click on the tab above for photographs of the last one in 2012.

It is well worth a visit...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Spa Surprise!

My daughter Jane and I have birthdays on consecutive days, so we've usually celebrated together. As this year's was a bit of a milestone - the new "40" I'm told - Jane treated us to a Spa day at Spa Source in La Roche Posay. It was a complete surprise and a very lovely one at that!
Me; caught lounging on the terrace!
A relaxing lunch in the restaurant...
Chilling out in the pool

Thanks, Jane! You couldn't have chosen a better present!!

And here she is choosing again; this time a sun hat for herself, in Richelieu!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fireworks at Chinon

Last night we went up to Chinon to watch their Bastille Day Fireworks...  It was standing room only by the time it had gone dark.

What a show it was, with the fortress as a backdrop and a launch site and a stunning display of lighting and pyrotechnics from both sides of the river.

It was the first time I have managed to take photographs of fireworks, using the small Canon SX500IS on firework setting... They do however not do the display justice...

Well worth a visit next year...

Birthday update... Elizabeth and Jane have spent today (Jane's Birthday) at the Naturaspa in La RochePosay. (I am sure it will feature here in due course.)  They both had a very enjoyable day being body wrapped... whatever that is!!!

Tomorrow is the BIG one 60 60 60 oh la la...


Monday, 14 July 2014

Hard work.....

Two brocantes in one day...  You just have to tire out your visitors some how... We do know of others who will have exceeded this number, but for me two is more than enough!!!

With much improved weather from yesterday, we set out to the Richelieu Brocante this morning. I am ONLY looking...

In the afternoon, as we have in previous years, we went to the Teuf Tuef Club Scorbe-Clairvaux car rally and Brocante, where we met up with Jean, Nick and Lulu.

There was a very good turnout of old cars...
Several nice minis...
The usual collection of 2CV's
Including this one with a nice addition.
We want one for our France 3!!!
Some superb Tractions.
And the usual American beasts. This one I could have taken home...

The brocante went on and on... You can only look at the superb range of goods on sale for so long before your eyes and your wallet get tired...

Having said that, we had a good day and, surprisingly for us, we made purchases at both brocantes... I personally put it down to too much sun...


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Paris in July...

is quite busy.

As part of this week's joint birthday celebrations (Jane 15th and then Elizabeth 16th) we took the TGV from St Pierre des Corps up to Paris for a rather long day trip...  The train was excellent; cheap off peak, €30 each return, on time and very comfortable... We left at St Pierre at 08.15hrs and returned there at 19:46hrs, travel time, 1 hour each way. Fantastic...

As most of the party had not been to Paris before, we decided to do some of the main sites, as follows...

Much of it was done, as it should be, on foot with a little help from the Metro.


The birthday celebrations kicked off in style... Happy Birthday Jane, pictured above at the Eiffel tower with fiancee Steve and to the love of my life Elizabeth, with me at Sacré-Cœur.