Thursday, 5 March 2020

A Short Walk From Le Grand Pressigny


Several of our walking companions have started a new walking group on Mondays, to cater for those who want to do shorter walks of 5 - 6 kilometres. This is proving very popular and we will be joining them, in addition to our regular longer 10 - 12 kilometres with the national walking association on Thursdays. Here are some pictures from our first short walk.

Troglodyte dwelling.
Troglodyte dwelling.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Situated on the outskirts of the village, on the back road to La Celle Guenand, this little troglodyte hamlet is called Les Roches. There are houses set into the cliff, storage spaces and an underground quarry.

a row of troglodyte dwellings.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Mistletoe Viscum album (Fr. Gui).
Mistletoe Viscum album.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Lémeré, built in the 14th century and popularly believed to have been refurbished in the 16th century by François I for one of his mistresses.
Lemere, once occupied by one of Francois I's mistresses.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
Lémeré is now being slowly restored by current owners Danielle and Henri.

Graffiti on Lémeré.
Graffiti on a house in the countryside.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The rafters of Lémeré.
Rafters of a 14-16C house in the countryside.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Underground wine cellar at Lémeré. Danielle says it was the first space Henri renovated.
Underground wine cellar associated with a private house in the countryside.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Roots and rocks, on the track to the underground extraction quarry for Lémeré.
Rocks and roots.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Stinking Hellebore Helleborus foetida (Fr. Hellébore fétide).
Stinking Hellebore Helleborus foetida.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
It seems to have been a good year for this early flowering woodland plant. It's made the transition into people's gardens too, and is much admired by my walking companions when we encounter it in the wild.

The village of Le Grand Pressigny, dominated by its semi-ruined chateau and the museum of prehistory.
View of Le Grand Pressigny, chateau and museum of prehistory.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

A lovely walled property.
Property on the edge of Le Grand Pressigny.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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2 comments:

Katie Zeller said...

What a lovely walk ! We haven't been out in almost 3 weeks due to the incessant rain and wind. Starting to get a bit depressing,,,,

Susan said...

Yes, we haven't been out for two weeks. All the fields along the rivers are lakes and the wind has been violent. Today was much better, but it all starts again tomorrow (already raining).

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