Two nights in Confolens were just a rest before getting to Chinon. Confolens sits on the confluence of the Vienne and Goire rivers with a 14th century spanning the river in the department of Charente.
The hotel we stayed at was forgettable but had its memorable moments for what now seem humorous when recounting our travels. We had a flashing sign outside our window making us feel as if we were in some mid-western American town. The hotel was situated on a junction where cars and trucks had to change down in gears coming down or up the incline. Aaaah! so what, we're in France, enjoy!
Saint Germaine with its ruined castle further up the road was certainly the highlight of our two night stay. Seeing the path of Richard the Lionheart's travels through the district was another but there was one more highlight for me.
During our stay, there was a car rally through Confolens. Classic and Historic cars were passing back and forth all day, two of which I photographed because they brought back memories of my past motoring memories.
My first two cars were French. A Citroen Traction Avant and then a Renault Dauphine both of which sat in my parent's garage during my teenage years. Many Citroens over the years kept returning to the driveway and out last Citroen, the Xantia was passed on to No 2 son to be replaced by the Peugeot 307. A Renault 16 came my way in the mid 70s, a truly versatile car.
We walked the old streets of Confolens where the houses contrast were between restored and derelict buildings. It seemed that the town was on hard times and after two nights we were looking forward to travelling on. Our next two stops before Chinon were most memorable. They included both a coffee and then a lunch time stop. That's how we travel. Can't wait to tell you next Wednesday.
|Oh my God - are we in LA?|
|We had a junction outside our window - Poitiers was to be our coffee stop next day.|
|A nicer view from our window.|
|The Traction Avant has to be my favorite and most owned car over my years to date.|
|I want of these back in my garage to join the Traction Avant.|
|Just an arty farty foto in Confolens.|
|Sue looks down the lane to the building and wonders what might be behind the door.|
|Isn't this something to "a door"|
|Is this a renovator's opportunity?????|
See you all next Wednesday.