Chinon in the Val de Loire, France is the place we came closest to buying a house in France three years ago. Burgundy may be our favourite wine region, mostly being based on our love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as having several winemaker friends there. But the area around Chinon has a different feel to it; more relaxed and laid back, very friendly people, lots of history …. the Plantagenets, philosophers, also lovely countryside with chateau everywhere, and of course wine …. the Cabernet Franc and the Chenin Blanc.
Our recent stay in the centre of Chinon was a family affair with our daughter and her husband joining us. Great to visit vineyards, Chateau, museums and outstanding restaurants together …. Plus a few iconic wine bars of course. Each morning we would all do something different for morning exercise pre breakfast, cycling, tai chi, or walking. My walks took me around vineyards, the castle walls and the narrow streets of old Chinon with only my iPhone in my pocket. Here’s a few “snaps” from those walks spread over the week:
Chateau Chinon, an imposing fortress rather than a palace.
Chinon’s narrow streets with restaurants and wine bars
Chinon old doors
Chinon, vineyards and the River Vienne
Electric scooters for hire, €25 per day
The morning Tai Chi set
Chinon, Rabelais Society
Chinon local artist shop window
A walk around the Chateau walls
And finally ……… anyone?