Day 124 of 400: Loire Valley – France

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After we checked out and said our good-bye’s to Elisabeth, we continued heading south towards Bordeaux.  Elisabeth had served coffee in cute little pottery cups and told us the pottery makers are in a small town called La Borne.  So…we stopped to see all the different pottery for sale.  There were pottery signs everywhere once we entered the tiny village.  We purchased 2 small coffee cups and looked around at other shops thinking if we weren’t traveling for so long we would purchase a lot more.  The prices were good and it was all hand-made by various potters.

A few hours later we arrived in the region of Saumur to our B&B La Grande Maison (www.lagrandemaison.net).  It was a beautiful 17th century home which used to be a farm and wine estate.  It had a stone wall surrounding the manor house and B&B cottages. Outside the wall were vineyards for miles.  Micaela, the owner checked us in, gave us a glass of local wine and showed us to our room.  Our stone cottage used to be the old bake house, it was cozy and the large stone oven was still intact although not in use.  The property was beautiful with so much history.  We decided picnicking at one of the tables outside our cottage would be the perfect way to spend the evening.

Looking for food for our picnic we drove through some of the quaint small villages of the area.  This region is also beautiful…we had a relaxed dinner and then settled in our room and got a good night sleep.

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