It was great for all of us to be together again, and preparing to go out for an adventure. We started the day with coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juice and were soon on our way to Auchan, where we would pick up a helmet for Darcy. Helmets are necessary when riding Segway, which is exactly what we were planning to do that day! Darcy is of small stature, and based on past experience we knew the helmets provided by the Segway company would be too loose on her.
The mega market, Auchan, was bustling with customers. We stopped first at Paul for pastries and coffee, where I thoroughly enjoyed my Nutella beignets and a frothy cafe creme. Our shopping didn't take much time, and soon we were on the highway heading for the medieval town of Loches.The two-hour drive was beautiful, once we had exited the toll road and were on the smaller, local roads which ran through gorgeous farmland and tiny, picturesque villages.
|Cafe creme and beignets at Paul.|
|Wandering the market streets in Loches, France.|
|We enjoyed a delicious lunch at la Farfalla in Loches.|
|Loches, France is a beautiful, ancient village.|
|I'd love to spend a few days exploring!|
|The ancient architecture of Loches.|
|A lovely view over Loches, France.|
|1,000 years of history.|
|Hundreds of years ago,|
we would have been standing in the moat!
|The Segway tour was a great way to see Loches.|
|Another pretty sight in Loches.|
We were refreshed and ready for more exploring, so we walked up the hill to tour the Donjon. We trudged up and down many staircases; some of which were spirals cut into the stone, and had deeply worn places on the treads, created by countless feet climbing up and down those endless steps. One thousand years of history. It was all worth it, though, to view the interesting displays and learn the stories of this little corner of France.
|Looking down at the courtyard.|
|An interesting display inside the Donjon.|
|The terrace of the creperie in Loches.|
|A satisfying French meal in Loches.|