"Everyone knows the more you wear pearls, little by little they become real....And isn't it the same with memories?" - The Madwoman of Chaillot

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Day 14 Planning

Sept 29

Hotel shuttle or taxi to CDG. I believe Marilyn's flight is earlier but we should plan to be there by around 8 AM.

Fly home - hopefully with many many happy memories and many many pictures to help keep those memories!

Day 12 Planning

Sept 27

Day Trip to Le Mans 

Birthplace of Henry II - who married Eleanor of Aquitaine and had sons Richard Lionhearted and King John

and if you want to see "another pretty church" - Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans

There is also a Plantagenet Museum as well as a 24 hr Race (Le Mans race) museum.

Probably earlier dinner in Chartres before train.

Train back to Chartres.

Hotel - Mercure Chartres Cathédrale

Day 13 Planning

Sept 28

Train is at noon so some time to have a leisurely breakfast and finishing packing.

Train to CDG  - routing was either through Le Mans or a town far north of Paris - seemed a little weird and was longer and more expensive. So we go through Le Mans and then layover there and train to CDG. Shuttle to hotel.  The only other option was a train to Paris and then metros (probably 2) and RER train and that seemed like more work with our luggage.

And now for something totally different!

We will stay at Nomad Hotel Roissy. A brand new hotel with a theme of conservation, technology and wonderful (hopefully) experience. But definitely different than anything you've tried, I would bet! Rooms are small - they are expecting you to be here overnight on your way in or out of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Shower is right in the room!

Everything is controlled electronically

And they say that the rainforest shower is an experience not to be missed...here is the showerhead.

Evening restaurant ideas

Auberge de la Pomme d'Or - ½ mile - old family style restaurant
or just at the Nomad - small bar with food or self-service food area. (if you are tired of good restaurants)

Day 11 Planning

Sept 26

Restaurants - see yesterday's entry for a few

Chartres  - see Chartres Cathedral Notre Dame

Chartres old town - Historic Preservation area

Chartres en lumières

we could do an organized tour or just visit the places illuminated on our own


Mercure Chartres Cathédrale

view from room

Day 10 Planning

Sept 25

Ride to Montrichard, or relax at hotel.

Lunch and then coach to St Pierre des Corps train station arriving around 1:30-2PM

Train to Chartres

Mercure Chartres Cathédrale

Restaurant ideas in Chartres near the Cathedral/old town- for tonight, or tomorrow lunch and dinner
 Near Cathedral - La Picoterie 36 rue Changes - another "best creperie in town"

a more upscale foodie restaurant - La Vieille Maison (old house) Restaurant - owned by Bruno Letartre (probably the name is at least from the same source words as Lethert)

Le Petit Bistrot - 12 place Billard (but closed Sunday & Monday)

Day 9 Planning

Sept 24

Ride to Chateau de Chenonceau on the Cher River
private tour

Ride to Chateau de Nitray
lunch on the grounds

Shuttle or ride back to hotel

Dinner - Chateau de Chissay

Hotel - Chateau de Chissay

Day 8 Planning

Sept 23

Ride to Amboise, lunch on your own, visit Clos Luce museum (where da Vinci spent his last days)

Ride to Chissay-en-Touraine

Dinner at Chateau de Chissay

Hotel - Chateau de Chissay

Day 7 Planning

Sept 22

Ride to Azay-le-Rideau, lunch on your own in a cafe or picnic.

Ride to Montbazon, ride or shuttle to Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Dinner at hotel

Hotel - Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Day 6 Planning

Sept 21

29 mile trip

Ride through Bourgueil and Restigne  - see medieval St Martin de Restigne cathedral

Ride to Chateau de Gizeux, guided tour and wine tasting

Picnic at the chateau

Ride along the Loire back to hotel


Dinner at a local restaurant

Hotel - Chateau de Rochecotte

Day 5 Planning

Sept 20

Meet Backroads tour outside St Pierre des Corps station 10:00 AM.

Shuttle to Chinon, get bikes

Bike Ride -the one shown is full 22 miles.

Dinner at Chateau de Rochecotte

hotel - Chateau de Rochecotte