Month: October 2015

Chasing the light

The other night we wandered down to the vast grassy fields and forest near our house, known as les Prairies du Roy. The sun was on it’s way down behind the Cité Royale, the sky a patchwork of mottled clouds. It was the perfect mix of moody and golden, and I couldn’t help by try to capture the light. I only had my iphone with me, but I think these still turned out pretty well. Aren’t we lucky to have these phones at our fingertips that have the capability of taking beautiful photos? Oil hardly goes anywhere without his soccer ball these days, working on perfecting his juggling and tricks. Danica would happily spend hours traipsing through forest and field, lost in the vastness of her imagination. The kids love being down there and running about, so we are enjoying it while we can. Very soon, these fields will flood into wetlands, remaining so through spring.  As we have no outdoor space in our townhouse here in Loches, les Prairies have become akin to our very own giant backyard.

Château du Rivau

Last weekend we spent a crisp fall day visiting the Château du Rivau, about an hour’s drive from Loches. We had planned on going in the summer, but never made it up. In retrospect, I’m glad we didn’t get there until now. Being an overcast fall day, it was practically deserted (except for the rousing Polish private party happening in the hall — the polka music drifting through the doors was pretty lively!) and the gardens were incredible. The veggie garden was almost bursting, we were all seriously amazed by it’s abundance. Le Château du Rivau dates back to XIII and XV centuries. The sheer age of things here still blows my mind. It’s a fairly modest Château, but quite beautiful. The grounds are rather magically themed Fairytale Gardens, and the kids just really loved running around and exploring the enchanted forest and surroundings. When we went inside the Château, there was a rather tongue-in-cheek contemporary exhibition displayed amongst the typical Château decor of taxidermy and busts. I rather enjoyed it, it was a nice …

Around Town

Around Town, Volume IV. Is it really October already?! How did it happen? Since I can’t slow down time, let’s take a look back at a handful of pics from the past while, as we soaked up the last days of summer, and welcomed the transition to fall around town. I love autumn, and I am enjoying the crisp chill in the air on these sunny fall days. Apples have arrived at the market, and they are delicious! The forests are overflowing with moss and mushrooms, and the leaves are starting to turn on the chestnut trees in the Jardins Publiques. Danica is collecting masses of chestnuts and conkers! We can hardly believe we are approaching our three month anniversary in France. It is bittersweet! It’s going by so quickly, as we knew it would. However, there are still so many adventures to come. Next up is our first foray outside France, when we head to Belgium and the Netherlands, in less than two weeks! We are so looking forward to this trip (especially Derek, who is desperately excited to have a slightly longer break from work …

Paris, finalement.

On our last day in Paris, we had to tick the last thing off of Oliver’s wishlist: The Louvre. He absolutely had to see the Mona Lisa, he insisted. Yes, he knew it was small and it would be crowded. But man, did that kid’s face light up when he got there! So excited. Selfies happened when he made it to the front of the crowd, and he finally got his eyeful of ML. We whipped through the main “big” sights of the Louvre, admiring the amazing architectural details and decor along the way, and made our way to the Egyptian Antiquities. We all loved that part, especially the kids, and much time was spend gazing at hieroglyphics, eyes widening at the mummy (“is it really real mom?!”), and checking out the sarcophagi. Just the age of all the Egyptian artifacts was mind-boggling. Absolutely incredible! We ended our trip with a quick lunch in the Jardins des Tuileries, and made our way back to the train station. We really can’t wait to get back up to Paris for another visit. So …