Last week I thought that I finally had a program that met all these requirements. And then, I received the monthly newsletter of the Touraine tourist board in my inbox! As a result I added the château of Langeais and the exhibition of Food in the Middle Ages on our Thursday list. This however meant that I had to move some of the visits that I had initially planned to another day or put them on the Plan-B list!
After a bit of shuffling around, I decided to skip the market in Chinon, and to drive straight to the museum of Maurice Dufresnes on the Marnay road north of Azay-Le-Rideau. I’ve visited the museum, which is located in an old paper mill, in 2002. It’s the weirdest and most unusual collection of items you’ve ever see; ranging from the last mobile guillotine that was used in France, to the glider plane in which Louis de Funès and Bourvil escaped from occupied France in what is considered as France’s best comedy movie ever: La Grande Vadrouille. I’ll write a more detailed post about it after our visit.
After the museum I'll propose to drive to Villaines-les-Rochers and visit the basket-weavers workshop and showroom. It’ll be my forth visit. I hope that this time I will be able to resist the temptation to buy yet another artfully crafted object …
Next and also new on my list is the restaurant where I propose to have lunch. At first I wanted to return to ‘La Ridelloise’ in Azay-le-Riday where, in 2002, my friend was mistaken for somebody else. The Touraine tourist board’s newsletter, however, made me change my mind. It contained a positive review of a pocket-size restaurant in the lovely village of Crissay-sur-Manse: La table de Béa. So I thought that maybe we could have a light lunch there.
2007: patch of fieldflowers in the village of Crissay-sur-Manse
In the afternoon we can visit the castle of Candé and Wallis Simpson’s dress collection. On the way back, and weather permitting, I’ll suggest stopping at Villandry and having a walk through the gardens. Or we can take the guided tour of the Grottes Pétrifiantes’ at Savonnières.
Next, we’ll cross the Loire River using the suspended bridge in Langeais and visit the aforementioned exhibition, before returning to Vouvray. If we have some time left and if our legs and feet haven’t given up by then, we can pay a quick visit to the Château of Cinq Mars and the Aqueduct of Luynes.
Pfff, just writing about it has left me completely exhausted!