Chateau de Brissac… a stately country home

Chateau de Brissac… a stately country home

The road between Châtellerault and Angers takes you through portions of three French departments (la Vienne, l’Indre et Loire, la Maine et Loire) passing by wide swaths of agricultural land and, as you approach Angers, field after field of vineyards. For the past seven months I’ve been making the 130km weekly, with the exception of school holidays, in order to teach English at a business school there.

Each trip makes me a bit more familiar with the general surrounding and from time to time my schedule allows me to explore points of interest along the way. Regular readers will recall that I first stopped in Brissac back in January, but was unable to visit the castle as it was closed for the season.  Last week was different… last week I had a guided tour.

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French Inukshuks and Living Stones

French Inukshuks and Living Stones

Inukshuks are stone piles, usually in the shape of a man, that mark a location and originated with Arctic cultures. Back home (though far from the Arctic), it’s not uncommon to see small make-shift inukshuks on the side of the highway, made by random passers-by who wish to leave a trace of their passage. The rock piles in this picture are on the eastern-most tip of l’île de Ré (Ré Island). They’re not in the shape of a man… but they were no doubt built with the same goal in mind:  Beach goers stacked them as a way to mark their passage.

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Over-n-Above Blessing #4

Over-n-Above Blessing #4

So… what did you think of the special friend yesterday? Pretty neat huh?!  Did you catch the video of it answering Timo’s call?  That’s quite a cry!

Today, I want to back away from specifics and focus on the overall setting, before telling you, tomorrow, about some special family time. Grab a cup of tea or coffee (if it’s not already done) and prepare to relax! Continue reading