Saturday, 18 April 2015

Bloomin' Marvellous

Some photos from last Wednesday, taken in the carpark at Chenonceau. The thermometer on the car was showing 37C at the time. Ouchies!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ten Years After

A photo from exactly ten years ago: the only observation I have is that in our shaded garden in east London spring arrived a month later than in central France.

And whilst we are talking of Ten Years After:

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Catching the Train to Saint Jean de Luz

You can tell we're busy - I am writing little blog posts.

And today we are back in the station of Tours, which has a series of 18 painted ceramic panels decorating the walls, their purpose being to beautify the station concourse and entice travellers to the destinations portrayed. At present the panels are being conserved: each panel will cost €8000 to clean, conserve and reattach the tiles to the walls. The fundraising campaign started last year to raise some of this money. In order to publicise the fundraising, last year we started posting photos of the panels.

This is one of the panels which has
been removed for restoration
St Jean de Luz is half way between Biarritz and the spanish border. To get there by train from Tours you catch the shuttle to Saint Pierre des Corps, then a couple of TGV: the first to Bordeaux, and the second to St Jean de Luz.

One day we will travel down this way: for the past couple of years it's been a bit of an ambition to visit la Petit Train de la Rhune, a tramway which take you to the top of the Pyrenees. Last year we would have done so, except stuff happened, and the year before we would have but we didn't (can't remember why, probably stuff happened then, as well).

Maybe this year.  Stuff can't happen every year.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lost in Translation

I bet you're glad you asked for the english menu...


Tonight and for the next few days there is a chance of some seriously good International Space Station action if you're in France. Do it, and then ponder on just how amazing science is.