A hearty breakfast was followed by loading up the car with supplies for our country adventure and then heading out of Paris and to the Loire Valley. It was a few hours drive into the countryside and some really lovely, small and quaint villages. We reached the Loire River and then traveled along the banks viewing the towns and their chateaus.
Our home for the next three nights was a mobile home in a family oriented holiday park. It was 36' Z 12" and still offered three bedrooms (a bit small), two showers, and a nice kitchen, salon/dining area, as well as a terrace with BBQ. The park offered a huge pool and loads of family oriented activity...and it was crowded. At $104 a night for five people, who can complain! Checking in was interesting as the man responsible for giving us the keys was not answering his cell or texts. Thankfully one of the sale staff at the resort knew where he lived and tracked him down. He showed up in a stupur, a bit loaded we guessed, and it all added to the adventure of relocating to a new home every few days and finding a new adventure. We settled in for the night we a great meal and a good sleep...hot again and no air conditioning...LOL.
Ivan had done his homework and our first day in the Loire Valley was touring a fabulous chateau. The Château de Chenonceau was built by Francios I and was the home of Catherine de Medici. It sits on a island in the middle of the Cher River and is surrounded by dense forest and beautiful gardens.
We drove through several small villages along the Loire River before reaching the Troglo wine cave.