We started off with a few days at a gite (French holiday home) near Angers. Whilst here we had picnics of bread, cheese and wine on the patio, visited a Medieval Fortress (Chateau De Fougeres) and had an amazing three-course dinner at a wonderful restaurant.
| saint emilion
| macaroons from saint emilion
| sampling wine at the cloisters in saint emilion
Our next stop was Sarlat, where we visited markets and had dinner with the family who owned the Chambre D'Hotes (a bed and breakfast where the owners also live and offer a room in their home or on the land where they live). Tom and I visited the town of La Roche Posay where there is an amazing looking spa (as well as lots of chemists selling La Roche Posay products!)
Our final stop was an overnight stay on the way back to Cherbourg for the ferry in a beautiful old house that was like staying in a museum. Our final night was another evening meal hosted by the family that lived there and was an absolute hoot, the language barrier not getting in the way of a brilliant evening filled with cider, wine and good food.
Before the ferry Tom and I visited some of the pretty coastal towns on the way back, raided the supermarkets for cider, wine and biscuits and visited several WWII sites such as Arremonches and Omaha Beach.