I haven’t done one of these for a while! I thought I’d share a few phone snaps of what we’ve been up to these past couple months, so here we are with Around Town Volume VII. The Prairies des Rois are a couple of huge fields with walking paths, farmland, and poplar groves separating Loches from Beaulieu-lès-Loches, the next town over. I’ve posted many photos of our walks there before (like here, for example) and we spent a lot of time down there through summer and fall just hanging out.
There are a bunch of informative placards throughout the Prairie, talking about the birds living there, the poplar groves which are grown for harvest every couple years, and the wetlands that happen in the winter if the Loire floods. The fields do flood every year to varying degrees, but apparently this year is one of the worst in recent memory!
As you saw in my last post about Chinon, with trees literally growing out of the expanded river, the banks of the Loire did indeed flood this winter. Even though I didn’t feel like it was all that rainy here these past couple months (remember, we do live on the west coast of Canada — in other words, the Wet Coast) the Prairie did, in fact, become a total wetland.
These photos were taken over the course of just a few days in mid-February. Danica was completely fascinated by the rising waters and the disappearing foot bridges, and obsessively wanted to visit the flooded fields every day! The road nearby was closed several times this past month as the river flooded it’s banks.
Moving on, we have been seeing tiny signs of spring happening around town. The Jardin Publique is bursting with camellias and bulbs, and the magnolias and plum trees are finally starting to flower. However temperatures have stayed pretty chilly and we are still bundled up like it’s winter!
CarnavaLoches was held in early March with a big parade and some great street performers. We also took a drive up to the Château d’Ussé, known as the Château de la Belle aux Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), but the kids’ favourite part of that day may have been the giant bamboo grove!
Then just before we went up to Paris last weekend, my sister came to visit. She was in Loches for two days on her own before meeting up with her husband for week’s vacation in Rouen and Paris, sans kids — lucky them! Our kids loved getting to see their aunt, and I loved showing her my favourite château, Chenonceau of course! My third visit there and I still love it.