I will continue with part 2 of the drive (through France) back to our home, and the places we visited, in the next post, but meanwhile I wanted to tell you about our meeting with Leon and Sue from Australia.
Several months ago, I read on Leon's blog that they were coming to France for a holiday, to celebrate Sue's 60th. She had been given the choice of a diamond or a French holiday, and Sue, with no hesitation, picked the holiday. Soon Leon was planning their trip and he mentioned that they were hoping to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, which is not too far from us. We had said that we did not want to go there again as it is such a heartbreaking place, but the thought of missing Leon and Sue was too strong to overcome, so we made our way to the sad remains of the village last Tuesday morning. We had just parked our car, when another car parked just behind us and I recognised the pair from photos on their blog. Excitedly, we said our bonjours and immediately started chatted about mutual interests, particularly cycling.
We made our way down to the village and walked quietly around, talking about the tragic massacre which took place there in 1944. I am not going to add more photos, as I have written about Oradour-sur-Glane before - see my link above, but you might find it interesting to get Leon and Sue's impressions of the village at this post.
The only photo of the village I will add is the one that I took of Leon and Sue next to the remains of the village doctor's car.
On leaving the village we drove into the new town of Oradour-sur-Glane, where we found a small cafe where we could have lunch. We were talking so much that the waiter had to return three times before he managed finally to get an order from us! He also kindly offered to take a photo of the four of us, which you can see below.
We sadly said goodbye to Sue and Leon after the all-too-short lunch, as they made their way off to Chinon and make contact with more bloggers. It was really good fun to meet up with this entertaining couple from Australia. I am certain that with the common interests of cycling, food, wine, France and of course blogging, we are sure to keep in touch.
Leon is keeping his blog pretty much up to date while they are travelling around and I recommend that if you love France, that you take a look. They still have another week in Paris before returning, so there will be lots to read about. See link at the top of this post.
For 'My Life before Charente' see HERE updated 23 May 2012