Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Time with Celestine

We left Le Grand Pressigny on our way to meet for the first time, Simon and Susan from Preuilly-sur-Claise. How did we get to know them, I'm not sure! Bloggers just seem to meet, don't they?

Simon and I have similar interests with classic cars and music. We both have a passion for Citroen Traction Avants, Maybe it was Celestine that brought the four of us together.

Susan and Simon welcomed us to their home with a glass of wine, and a wonderful spread of local cheeses and other nibbles before taking us for a drive in the local area.

This particular visit, their local stone double story home was in the middle of renovation and yet that didn't affect their warm welcome. Three years on, we discovered that they have progressed much further since 2010. Check out their Blog - It will give you an insight of the challenges of integrating into French rural life - They have been very successful in their connection to the local life.
Yes - the weather was cold but the welcome was warm.

Once inside Celestine, she hugged those who rode in her rear seats.

Susan and Simon took us on a little drive through their local countryside - you could tell that they  took pride in their piece of heaven where they will spend much of their future life.

Strange how when you spend time with people and you ejoy that time - you forget to take more photos. This was one of those times. Susan and Simon with Celestine run a business taking tourists to the grand Chateaux of the Loire.
After the very generous hospitality of Susan and Simon, we had to pop back into our disappointing modern retal car to pop off to meet Carole and Michael for a two night stay. We met them both on our previous visit to the Loire after renting their lovely cottage in Thenay.

Strangely our visit to France for my 60th year seemed be shaping up to meet people rather than sight seeing. In a way it was adding a new dimension to our travels.

Carole and Michael welcome us to their home for a two day stay.


  1. It is great when you travel these days, there always seems to be someone blogging in most areas that you can go to. What a wonderful world blogging has turned out to be. Great photos and we are looking forward to your next visit. Have a good evening D & N

    1. D&N,
      Love travelling seeing sights and meeting people, especially both of you.
      Can't wait for 2014 when we return.

  2. I know exactly what you mean when you say that your holiday was more about meeting people than about sightseeing. From 1999 till 2007 it was mainly the latter for me. Since then, I hardly seem to find the time to do the required castle hopping, spending most of my time visiting Loire Valley (blog)friends. Amazing, yet so much more relaxing ... Martine

    1. Martine - I think we both enjoy those experiences but 2014 has to be the time Sue and I meet you. That's a promise.


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