Chinon, street signs and wine in a cave…

After Fontevraud Abbey we stopped over in Chinon for lunch and a stroll around the town. Having been only very recently in Saumur, we found the layout to be remarkably similar, with a large castle dominating the skyline above the town which sits astride the Vienne river. The Chateau de Chinon was the favourite residence of Henry II of England and was heavily developed during his reign; indeed he died here in 1189 after suffering considerably due to a bleeding stomach ulcer. His body was buried at Fontevraud Abbey.

Chinon, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
The Chateau de Chinon, poised above the town…9 images stitched together to produce this field of view © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Boat on the river Vienne, Indre-et-Loire
From the banks of the river Vienne… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Sign in Chinon, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
Street sign…so different to anything in Australia… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Laneway in Chinon, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
I loved the rustic ‘French’ feel to this scene… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Door in Chinon, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
Chinon doorway… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Laneway in Chinon, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
Laneway in Chinon… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Naturally no visit to the Loire would be complete without paying our respects at as many wineries as possible… The excellent M. Plouzeau wines tasting and sales area is situated in a cave dug into the riverbanks. I did not have my tripod to hand, and was of course already busy (these wines don’t drink themselves, you know!), and so I pushed the 5D Mk III’s iso up to 6400… Noise cleaned up in Photoshop…

Sign for a vineyard in Chinon, France
We purchased several bottles of excellent Chinon red from Monsieur Plouzeau…at a far more attractive price by comparison to what we usually have to pay in Australia… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
M. Plouzeau vineyard in Chinon, France
Wine tasting in a cave… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Inside view of the M. Plouzeau vineyard cave in Chinon, France
Entrance to the wine tasting and sales area at Monsieur Plouzeau, Chinon © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Dinner at the Grand Monarque in Azay-le-Rideau, where the food, accommodation and overall service was absolutely superb…

Woman reading a menu
Wrapped in the indecision of another fine menu… I love the softness of this image; it is a snap to be sure, but I just enjoy the overall feel…good times, taken with the Canon IXUS 125 HS © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bottle of red wine
Touraine Amboise 2007…delicious © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Creme Brulee
Sublime Crème Brulee © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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