23 September 2014

C'est le soleil

This morning the sky is all pink, but yesterday it was gray — almost white. You might think the heavenly body in the photos below is the moon, but it isn't.

Late in the morning, the fog and haze mostly burned off, but temperatures remained chilly. Welcome to autumn.

22 September 2014

Looking up

When we arrived in Loches, we parked on a main street that carries a lot of traffic into and out of the town. We were lucky to find a free parking space. We walked up this little street and it turned out that the restauarant where we were to have lunch was right across the street from the house with the blue door, with its outdoor seating area under that canopy of green you can see overflowing the walls on the left.

The old town, la cité médiévale, is on the high promontory you can see here. I was looking up toward it, admiring the rooftops and the tower of the Eglise Saint-Ours. The "new" or lower town was our destination this day. We'd never before had a meal in the restaurant called La Gerbe d'Or but had heard good reports. We were a few minutes early and it wasn't raining in Loches as it had rained between Orbigny and Genillé a few minutes earlier. We had time to walk around for a few minutes before meeting our friends.

21 September 2014

Good to go

As you can see, the cafés and restaurants on this pedestrian street in central Loches — la Grande Rue — were all ready for the lunch crowd. Outdoor and indoor tables were set up and waiting.

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Problem was, skies were gray, thunder grumbled in the distance, and rain threatened. Maybe there were diners inside, but there weren't many outside. Of course, it was just before noon, which is a little early for lunch. For those who don't have to work in the afternoon, it's just the right time for an apéritif to get the appetite going.