It was an early morning for the group as we had a wake up call at 6:30 a.m. Following breakfast, we checked out of our hotel in Etables-Sur-Mer and headed for the Loire Valley. We passed Rennes, where Mother Guerin was a teacher for many years. We did stop in Angers (for lunch: most opting for the fastest option at a fast food place. The "Magic Box" was the choice of our youngest traveler, who is 6), Saumur and eventually passed by Amboise (where Leonardo DaVinci stayed for three years from 1516-1519). We learned that the Loire River is the longest in France and that Chinon is where Joan of Arc met Charles II.
We arrived at Chateau D'Usee after passing the first nuclear plant in France--a strange proximity to one another! The Chateau D'Usee is also commonly referred to as the "Sleeping Beauty Castle". It is supposed to be what inspired the famed story. In the Chateau, there were scenes staged in rooms at the top floors related to the story, with even Maleficent making an appearance. After viewing the Chateau and the nearby chapel, we were able to head to the caves beneath the vineyard on the property for a brief wine tasting of the local French wine. After a quick break, it was off to the next Chateau (of which there are many!).
|Funny moment at Chateau D'Usee|
|Chapel near "Sleeping Beauty Castle"|
|Chateau de Chenonceaux|
|Michael Boswell, Director of Madrigals|
After a couple of hours, we headed to the next hotel in Saint Pierre-des-Corps in Tours. We had our earliest dinner in days at 9:00 p.m.! Hopefully a good night's sleep ahead will prepare us for our full day tomorrow with the Sisters of Providence in Ruille-Sur-Le-Loir!
|Etienne, tour director at wine tasting|
|Students enjoying the beautiful day in France|