Friday, 6 June 2014

Anne has a week's holiday in the Charente!

We are going away on holiday in the next few days and will be pretty much without an internet connection until we return in early July. I thought I would put a few photos of Anne's visit on a post before we go.  You can follow more of her travels (with more detail) and what we saw at her blog Anne in Oxfordshire. Be patient with her though, as she has 100's, maybe 1000's of photos to go through!!
Part of the  superb and very well preserved heating system discovered by archaeologists at the Roman complex of Cassinomagus, near Chassenon

Anne taking a photo of the privately owned Rochechouart chateau.

One day in the Dordogne at Brantome. The idyllic river Dronne!

Anne in Brantome at the weirs

Abbey de la Couronne;the ruins near Angouleme.

Waiting for a  storm to pass; the covered market in old  Angouleme

The ruins of the  Chateau of St  Germain.

We were lucky enough, while at the above Chateau, to meet up with  Citroën Traction Avant enthusiasts on a club run :-)

We both left with one of these badges.

Anne at the 13th Century courthouse entrance in Confolens.

Saw this flowery bike in Lesterps.

A visit to the chocolate factory in La Rochefoucauld. Yum!

Anne at the Lavoir in St Adjutory.

Eglise St Jacques at Tusson.

This strange coniferous tree was growing in Nanteuil_en_Vallee Arboretum.

Anne hugging a 250 year old plane tree at Peyrassoulat.

and another hug from me. Thanks Anne for taking this photo.

Time to say good bye at Angouleme station.  We all had a great week thanks to Nigel's planning, despite the constant and prolonged showers, which always threatened to disrupt things.

Hope you all have a good month; see you sometime in July.



48 comments:

  1. Each photo is beautiful; love the chateau, castles, churches, car club photos and you hugging the ancient tree.

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    1. Thanks Terra it was a great week, have a good weekend. Diane

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  2. I am going to check out Anne's blog.

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    1. Thanks Nadege, keep a watch on it for the rest of the holiday :-) Take care Diane

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  3. Anne has quite the eye for photography. How cool to see that classic Citroën and you hugging the tree - classic .
    Sam

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    1. We both went to see the ruin ans instead got to see not only that but all the old Citroens as well :-) Hope you are well Diane

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  4. We love when you share these images. No rush . . . we enjoy the detail.
    Those trees, that rusty bike . . . wow.

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    1. Thanks Rick for the kind comment, much appreciated. Have a great weekend Diane

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  5. I enjoyed everything about this tour, Diane, including the storm! What a great place, and your photos are gorgeous.

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    1. Oh Linda you are so right, we do live in a great place, it has some very beautiful spots. Sadly the weather was not at its best while Anne was here! Keep well Diane

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  6. You've outdone yourself with the photos this week. It looks like a magnificent area to visit and such a beautiful time of year. Enjoy your time away :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Joyful for the kind comments. Take care and keep well Diane

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  7. Hello Diane,
    Very nice shots!! Great these buildings and all you show al there.
    That old car must be nice to go in for a ride. The shot of that bike is very nice too.
    You must have be a great time all there. Wonderful!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thanks so much Marco, we have some very beautiful places here and yes we did have a great time. I hope you are well, thanks for the visit and have a great weekend. Diane

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  8. Diane, the photos are great as always. And you looked like royalty sitting pretty in the Citroën! And the shots on stormy days are great. I love all the arches and grillwork. Have a fun holiday!

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    1. Pam we did feel pretty good sitting in that old Citroën, wish we could have brought it home with us :-) Thanks, I am sure the time away will fly! Keep well Diane

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  9. Hi Diane , and what a super holiday I had. A huge thanks to you and Nigel for all his planning. It was a super trip and we saw so much and Yep I do have 100's of photos to sort through. Being back at work is slowing me down , so I hope that everyone is patient. Have a super trip too , safe travels and take care xoxo

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    1. Thanks Anne, work come first but I am also looking forward to your photos. Take it easy, be back in July. Diane xox

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  10. Enjoy your holiday!
    These are truly remarkable pictures. Tell Anne we enjoyed them immensely.

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    1. Thanks Rosaria, will let Anne know. Take care. Diane

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  11. Looked like you had a fun time! Lovely photos, lovely places.

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    1. Thanks Vera, we managed to fit a lot in, in a few days :-) Hope you are well Diane

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  12. It looks to have been a wonderful week...with so much packed in to it...well done your doughty organiser!

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    1. Fly we really did pack a lot in despite the weather! Nigel did a great job of planning. Now to follow his planning in Spain and Portugal, think he would have been a good tour guide :-) Hope you are both well. Diane

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  13. Nice posting.
    Enjoy your time away!

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    1. Thanks Gunn, will do our best to enjoy :-) Have a good week Diane

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  14. It looks like a wonderful place, and a great visit with Anne! Have a lovely vacation!

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    1. Thanks Margie sure we will. We need it with all the dramas we have had here in the past month. Had to replace our 8 year old septic tank and all the pipes, what a nightmare! Hope that you are both well Diane

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  15. Looks like you gave Ann a good tour of French historic sites, how lucky she was to have you two to show her around. Have a great trip and I am looking forward to hearing about it next month.

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    1. Nigel did his best and it was good, As we are not taking a laptop with us it is going to take me an age to sort out 1000's of photos but!!! Take care Diane

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  16. looks like she had an amazing trip :-_

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, it was a good week. Keep well Diane

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  17. Hi Diane .. great photos with some amazing ideas arising out of them ... such a beautiful part of the world.

    Enjoy the break - sounds like you need it .. with the septic tank scenario ...

    Can you record the photo places on your phone? .. so you get an easy listing when you get back ...?

    Have a wonderful time .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. Ha ha, I have an old Nokia for emergencies only that came with me from South Africa! It is a phone and nothing else, the only clever thing it can do is send a text! I will try to remember to keep a diary but...... At least the camera dates the photos which give me some chance!! Take care Diane

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  18. It looks and sounds like you both had a fabulous time. You certainly visited some interesting places.

    I came over from Anne's blog and I am now looking forward to seeing her photos even more than I was before.

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    1. Cherry Pie, we did have a great time and Anne has masses of photos to get through! Thanks so much for the visit and the comment, much appreciated. Keep well Diane

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  19. I had a wonderful time savoring each image and what a treat to see the Citroën convertible. Enjoy your time away Diane.
    Sam

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    1. Sam the Citroëns were a very special part of the week and one that was unplanned :-) See you when I get back, take care, especially of your back. Diane

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  20. What a great time you had, despite the weather. I really enjoyed seeing the photos, just think if the timing had been right I might even have been in some of them. Have a good holiday, look forward to reading all about it. Take Care.

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  21. Enjoy your time away, Diane. Loved these pics of Anne and yourself. How gorgeous. Looking forward to catching up when you get back online.

    Denise

    http://laussieswritingblog.blogspot.com

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  22. All photos are wonderful but I'm in awe at those trees. Amazing!

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  23. It is a shame when visitors are coming for a visit and the weather doesn't cooperate but it looks like you had a nice time. I enjoyed the photos…you must have had a very enjoyable time together.

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  24. Hi diane, wonderful pictures and i see that the coniferous tree which u mentioned does look strange and unique! Happy hols!

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  25. That must have been much fun to get together with Anne.
    The strange conifer tree looks like a giant sequoia tree to me!
    Wonderful array of pictures!
    Enjoy your trip Diane!

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  26. Your photography is always beautiful, Diane, and makes me want to visit France again. It's been too long!

    With best wishes - - Richard

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  27. REminds us of an earlier visit to the region. Sorry to hear about your tumble in Spain.

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  28. Amazing photos... I especially love the one of the ruins near Angouleme!

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