Mustard fields, or as I liked to call them since our trip is spent mostly in the car, "The Yellow Brick Road" are giving way to a different landscape.
France is simply delightful. More than that it still makes me sit up and take notice time and time again. Disappointment isn't in the cards.
The scenery of the backroads is worth the extra time and miles. I have stopped writing down every little town I want to re visit because the list is ridiculously long already.
"Yann, let's just drive around forever and ever, without purpose or direction." I sighed.
It took French Husband about three days to unwind. Yes, he is enjoying the back roads, but his mind was processing business, his phone kept ringing and he worried about his friend Thierry.
At last, as I hoped, he started to feel nature's healing gift.
A French castle along the Loire river. I so wanted to peek inside. It was a good thing Yann was driving otherwise I would have drove right up to the front door, and screamed: "OH MY GOD!"
Instead he slowly drove by as I clicked photos out the window... until I saw the moutons-sheep, I nearly jumped out of the car. Thankfully he stopped, after I begged, "I promise this is the last time."
We laughed at that exaggeration.
A story book castle.
My imagination was brimming. Certainly I will dream of this place many days to come.
French Husband wanted to see the aqueduct in Briare.
There is so much to see and do that it is impossible to take it all in. The Briare aqueduct was one of the few things to see on French Husband's list.
The Briare Aqueduct.
"The aquaduct of the Canal latéral à la Loire over the Loire is a very remarkable construction. The Briare Aqueduct carries the Canal latéral à la Loire over the River Loire on its journey to the River Seine.
The aqueduct was inaugurated on 16 September 1896. Till 2003 it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the World until the opening of the Magdeburg Water Bridge.
The aqueduct is 662 metres long. The masonry abutments and piers were completed between 1890 and 1896 by Gustave Eiffel.
It is registered historic monument in France." via ROUTE YOU.com
Watercolor reflections in the Loire river.
When I was with my friend Merisi in Venice, she was passionate about taken photos of reflections in the canals. While in Briare I found that same passion growing in me.
I felt the river was a large canvas... watercolors!
More to come... Thank you for following me on our road trip in France.
If you have any questions please ask, and I will do my best to answer you. I will list hotels, restaurants, roads later next week.