Saturday, 11 June 2011

...a lovely time in France - Part 1.....

We started off "back home" in Brittany...

...with a visit to Dinan, where we used to go for lunch, or coffee and pastries, about once a fortnight :-)







It was so nice to be here again...

...the last time was in 2004 just before we moved back to Wales.

Stayed with friends (near Loudeac) for a few days before moving off south....

...a loooooooooooooong way south!

A nights stopover at Agen let us arrive fairly refreshed in Mirepoix in time for lunch the next day :-)

I loved it here when we last visited in 2002...

...and it's taken this long to come back!





The buildings around the central square are 12th century...

...and a gargoyle fanatic like me is just in heaven!





The Maison des Consuls (with cafe underneath) is covered in them.




We pitched the tent at the campsite just outside town, so we could wander in in the evening and watch the world go by....

...whilst enjoying cake and Orangina at our favourite cafe/patisserie.



The 15th century church had some beautiful painted walls...




...in gorgeous colours.

(What can I do with THOSE then?)

Also some delightful mosaic floors...



I was extremely happy already...

...and that was just the first day!!! :-)))))





...lots more to come.......

11 comments:

JP said...

glad it felt so good

Mermaid's Purse said...

Lovely pics .......... glad you had a great time!

Eva said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures! The gargoyles...

Good to know that this was the reason for your long absence.
Have been missing you!

Chris Gray said...

Thanks to you all ladies!

I did have a great time...

..lots of R + R...

Lynda Howells said...

thanks for the memories. We went here for a long weekend when we lived in Luxembourg about 20 years ago..doesn't appear to have changed much. It is a beautiful place and glad you had a great time and loved the images. lynda

Chris Gray said...

Yes Lynda...it is a beautiful place, and I'm so glad it isn't changing :-)

Penny said...

It all sounds wonderful. I so love the architecture of Europe. It seems so conducive to slow walking and cups of tea or coffee with a sweet treat.

underatopazsky said...

Love the painted quatrefoils and other patterns. Sounds like a good break. :o)

jackie said...

Lots of interesting inspiration for you here. I like you Strata piece.
Have a lovely weekend, despite the rain.

ArtPropelled said...

Scrolling through the photos of your trip and enjoying tagging along. What a wonderful time you must have had .... even with bagpipes keeping you awake at 23.00!

Diane said...

OMG Chris, you were in Agen?!? That's where DH's family lives (in the village of Moirax) I was just there too. I bet we probably passed on the street :o