NOT ALL CATHEDRALS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Chartres was the goal, the “jewel in the crown of Gothic architecture”.  We’d left Charles du Gaulle airport in record time, heading south in a rented Opel that smelt like a 50’s pub in Oz.  It absolutely reeked of cigarette and, had it been easy to turn around and go back, we would have returnedContinue reading “NOT ALL CATHEDRALS ARE CREATED EQUAL”

ONE CHATEAU BEGATS ANOTHER

When you’re in the Dijon area it’s hard to avoid chateaux because this is the place where a lot of serious wine is grown and the term originally meant a house linked to a vineyard. Here many prospered, and still do so today, but the big chateaux are suffering and tourists are needed simply toContinue reading “ONE CHATEAU BEGATS ANOTHER”

HELLO JOSEPHINE!

With Mademoiselle Baker’s seductive tones warbling midst the cackling of ravens as they built their nests in tiny alcoves in the nearby chapel, I knew it would be a repast to remember.  Bathed in sunlight on the terrace brasserie at Chateau de Milandes we dined midst the budding Tilleuil trees contemplating our day’s itinerary. SoContinue reading “HELLO JOSEPHINE!”