Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter in the countryside, again

Regardless of whether or not one observes Easter, I can't think of a better time to take note of the regeneration occuring in nature than now. For a former prairie girl spring has always been a greatly anticipated season. But I find that there is even more excitement of the prospect of spring living in France. Four months of humid grey chilly weather is a loooong time for those not used to it, especially in a rather cold apartment with no insulation. So here's to spring, the sun and the warmth. And to all things returning from a long winter nap.

The following photos are from our Easter traipse to the Sarthe and the Loire Valley.

Ch√Ęteau Villandry, built during the French Renaissance and famous for it's gardens, notably those of vegetables. The interior is regrettably in not as fine form as the landscape.

The always magnificent Loire River. There are many beautiful and awe inspiring rivers in the world but the Loire has always struck me as the most tranquil and lovely I have ever seen. It is easy to see why the nobility in french history were drawn to this region what with all the natural beauty and mild micro climate.

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