Last weekend we drove over to Montrésor, which we had heard was a beautiful and charming town on the river (as if we’re lacking in charm around here).
After a quick drive, we were greeted with a town which looked straight out of a Disney storybook. We had a delicious lunch at a café, indulging in crème brûlée and pot-de-crème for dessert, which I simply cannot resist. Then, much to Oliver’s dismay, we went to explore the Château – there’s one in every town! It seems Oli has decided that he is DONE with Châteaux. Poor kid.
The sprawling grounds are dotted with lemon trees, roses galore, towering chestnuts, even a XIV century outhouse! Crumbling castle walls surround the Château, with little tiny doors and archways leading to pathways and courtyards to explore. Happily, Oliver was delighted by this, leaving Derek with enough time to soak up the history inside the Château.
Outside the gate to the Château are the ruins of a X century keep, built by Foulques Nerra, le Comte d’Anjou, who also built the donjon here in Loches, the Abbey in Beaulieu-lès-Loches right down the road from us, as well as a fortress in Montbazon (which we visited today). He was a busy man!
After exploring the Château, we wandered down the road to the river, which is surrounded by weeping willows, grassy fields, and a lovely meandering trail through the parklands, with a great view looking up into town. Can you spot the Plague Doctor sculpture? It was a great place for the kids to run around for a while. When we reached the end of the trail there was a clearing with tables painted with game boards, and milk bottle caps and dice in a basket for people to use to play. I love this kind of community-minded thinking.
Montrésor was a great spot to visit for an afternoon. I think we’ve done quite well exploring a fair bit of the Loire and Normandy this summer, and we’re ready to expand some more. On to Paris next weekend!