Last night my longing for the Loire Valley was given an extra boost. My former colleague and friend Bea called me with the exciting news that she and her husband Jean-Luc were off to Saint-Aignan this morning. They’ve gone house-hunting again and really hope to close a deal the coming weeks. They have a list of 60 (!!!!) houses to visit, with a shortlist of 12 favourites. They fell in love with the Loire Valley and especially the area around Saint-Aignan when we spent a week together in Vouvray in 2010.
Saint Aignan's main street in June 2008.
During our stay we visited Ken and Walt and had a fun wine-tasting session at Ken’s neighbour Jean-Noël (aka Jean-No by his friends). Bea and Jean-Luc were really impressed and enjoyed every minute of it. In the evening we had dinner with Ken and Walt at ‘Le Crépiot’. The food and the company were great and Bea and Jean-Luc there and then decided that they wanted to buy a holiday home in the area. They returned to Saint-Aignan in September 2011 and visited several houses, but never had the required ‘coup de coeur’ (crush).
Bea and I agreed to call each other again in two weeks time for a debriefing of their trip. I really hope they find a nice place that fits their requirements. They need at least 3 bedrooms – 4 would be even better – so that their two children and six grandchildren can come and stay whenever they feel like it. And maybe they’ll have room for me too, when the ‘kids’ are not around.
I wish I were a fly, travelling and visiting all these houses with them without actually being in the way or influencing their decision…