Posted: May 29, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: Blundstone, Chateaux de Biron, Edward 1er, France walking trip, Le Seguinet, Monpazier, Saint-Front-sur-Lemance
Good Morning Monpazier.
We left our Barbie Castle hotel (aka Edward 1er) in search of more…..
Castles! Our friendly postman/taxi driver, who rescued us in my last post, drove us to Chateaux de Biron.
The details blew my mind.
Aha! A possible clue about our previous day’s misadventure. Occasionally you cross paths with other “GR” trails, like you see here.
Welcome to Lacapelle-Biron, home to fanatical rugby fans. Most of the town was gathered in their red and white colors. I could write an entire book on the difference between American sports fans and French sports fans based on my 10 minute observation of this event but this is a blog, not a book so I will spare you.
Go team! We start our walking for the day leaving Lacapelle-Biron and their sports traditions behind.
It is immediately apparent we are all in a bit of a silly mood.
I think the previous day’s challenges brought us closer as well.
Note to self, call the GR trail people about the marks in this town, they sort of completely disappeared.
Thanks to some friendly locals we found our way and saw beautiful things like this country home.
We were in no rush, we truly took our time which yielded more gifts like this shot.
Sometimes, more is better.
Le Seguinet, our intended destination for the night in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance.
Le Seguinet sits on 18 acres with 4 separate buildings on the property. It was magical.
France provided a wonderland of contraband park equipment that our kids are very unlikely to see in the States – like see saws and unruly swings.
The actual town of Saint-Front-sur-Lemance is……so-so.
So we spent the rest of the daylight enjoying the grounds at our hotel.
The kids found tadpoles to “study” around the fairy like pond.
When you’ve gone without any toys for a couple of weeks, a broken hula hoop can provide an hour of entertainment.
Interior of Le Seguinet. I lost count of the amazing tile patterns used throughout the 18 room “house”.
Blundstone family pic.
The beginnings of our sun downer from our lovely Indian/Canadian/English cum French host Mme. Finnegan (funny coincidence). Good night Saint-Front.
Posted: May 21, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: france, GR 36, Lou Peyrol, Monpazier, MOntferrand, traveling in Europe with kids, walking trails
A bit of an introduction, on our fifth day of walking we mistakenly hopped off the GR 36 trail and onto another. It was a beautiful walk but took us 20 km AWAY from our intended destination. This turned out to be our longest day of walking, we figure it was over 20 km, possibly 25 km – that’s a really long way when you are five and seven years old. This post is dedicated to my kids who not only walked the whole day but happily put on their boots the next morning as well, thank you, I love you.
Breakfast – time to leave Montferrand for Monpazier
Snail love, turns out that love was in the air that day
11th century church, I think this was my favorite, I’ll take it over Notre Dame any day
We spied this place for a mid-morning break, also to fill water bottles (walking tip: turns out cemeteries almost always have water)
Lunch break, our hosts from Lou Peyrol packed us sandwiches for the day, which we happily devoured sitting outside this castle wall.
Here’s what the locals were offering, this was the only restaurant in town.
Two deer running straight for us
The moment we realize we are 20 km away, it’s a hard moment, no one even cares about Chateaux Bannes in the background.
While we wait for our hotel to send a rescue car our way (miraculous), my daughter adopts several snails. (choosing snails over the chateaux, that’s my girl)
The feeling of sitting after walking for 9 hours.
Our hotel, Edward 1er
You can almost make out our muddy footprints
Monpazier and this surrounding area of France is very “English” in style…and sort of Disneyland-y.