Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

No chocolates ...

Maybe you didn't believe me when I wrote it, but I was really ready to mail a 'ballotin' of 370 gr. of Belgian chocolates to whoever found the answer to - I admit - a very difficult quiz question in Wednesday's post ...  Except for Mats and Vera, of course (sorry, dear friends), because we were there together in June.

As nobody came up with the right answer, I will have to eat the chocolates myself. But I'm sure my mother won't mind helping me, because she's a real chocoholic!

Maybe I should have added the above photo as a tip to Wednesday's post. I'm sure it would have helped you to find the spot we were looking for.

The photo was taken at the 2012 edition of the International Garden Festival at the 'Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire'. If my memory serves me right the clever design made of jam lids was part of garden number 5: "Le jardin psyché-délice". (Please correct me if I'm wrong).

We visited the festival on Thursday afternoon during our June trip. I'll be returning to my chronological report, taking us back to Tuesday's lunch and Wednesday's big social event soon. But I thought the quiz was a nice intermezzo while I was resting my weary eyes and fingers for a while after a hectic week at the office.

Regular service will resume presently ...

P.S. Today, July 21st, is Belgium's 'Fête Nationale'. If it had been a week day, we would have had the day off. The only difference with a normal Saturday is that all the shops are closed and that there is a military parade and a big party in the Warande Park in Brussels this afternoon. Tonight there are fireworks over the 'Monts des Arts' (The art hill) in Brussels.


Susan said...

Bah! I knew they looked familiar - I just couldn't remember whether I had really seen them or just a photo before.

Carolyn said...

I won't mind if you interrupt the trip to the Loire account with a report on today's festivities in Belgium. It could be very interesting.

Oh Martine, my eyes are going to be on you with each bite of chocolate you take. If Google has a Chocolate View, I'll use it. You have to enjoy the chocolates twice as much as usual since you're eating for both of us.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am sure you will enjoy the chocolates :) Enjoy the fireworks tonight. Diane

Louise said...

Martine, enjoy the festivities while you munch on "our" chocolate! The Belgian chocolate is all the more reason for me to look forward to my trip to Europe next year!

GaynorB said...

Enjoy the chocolates... and the fireworks!

Niall & Antoinette said...

Great photo of Chaumont. If you'd included that I'd have guessed where it was.
Enjoy the chocolates, but spare a thought for all us deprived chocaholics! ;-)

ladybird said...

Susan, I was suprised that you didn't take a guess, especially as you have been posting about the Festival.

Carolyn, I didn't attend any of the festivities but watched them on tv. But I guess I can do a post on them, using some photos from the internet.

Diane, No life fireworks for me because I live too far from Brussels to see them from my balcony and I don't like to mingle in a crowd of over 25,000 people pushing their way through the centre of the city.

Louise, There will still be chocolates by the time you get here ... although it won't be the same box!

Gaynor, We celebrated the 21st of July with a nice meal in the quiet of our home... more about that later.

N&A, You're all in my thoughts ;)!Now where did I put that box?