Chateaux Tour of The Loire 06 Aug 2016, 43 photos

Arriving at Le Touquet with my

Arriving at Le Touquet with my "Lovely Girl" (1/43)

Arriving at Le Touquet with my

Arriving at Le Touquet with my "Lovely Girl" (1/43)

Heading for beers on the beach at Le Touquet

Heading for beers on the beach at Le Touquet (2/43)

Heading for beers on the beach at Le Touquet

Heading for beers on the beach at Le Touquet (2/43)

Sun goes down at beautiful Le Touquet

Sun goes down at beautiful Le Touquet (3/43)

Sun goes down at beautiful Le Touquet

Sun goes down at beautiful Le Touquet (3/43)

Climbing out from Le Touquet on route to the Loire

Climbing out from Le Touquet on route to the Loire (4/43)

Climbing out from Le Touquet on route to the Loire

Climbing out from Le Touquet on route to the Loire (4/43)

Crossing the mighty Seine

Crossing the mighty Seine (5/43)

Crossing the mighty Seine

Crossing the mighty Seine (5/43)

The Seine

The Seine (6/43)

The Seine

The Seine (6/43)

Passing Le Mans up high to get out of the thermals for a wee while

Passing Le Mans up high to get out of the thermals for a wee while (7/43)

Passing Le Mans up high to get out of the thermals for a wee while

Passing Le Mans up high to get out of the thermals for a wee while (7/43)

The Loire - our target river - looking east from near Saumur

The Loire - our target river - looking east from near Saumur (8/43)

The Loire - our target river - looking east from near Saumur

The Loire - our target river - looking east from near Saumur (8/43)

Saumur - our destination

Saumur - our destination (9/43)

Saumur - our destination

Saumur - our destination (9/43)

A quick coffee while we acclimatise to the Loire warmth

A quick coffee while we acclimatise to the Loire warmth (10/43)

A quick coffee while we acclimatise to the Loire warmth

A quick coffee while we acclimatise to the Loire warmth (10/43)

Our room - the Londres Hotel, Saumur - thoroughly recommended

Our room - the Londres Hotel, Saumur - thoroughly recommended (11/43)

Our room - the Londres Hotel, Saumur - thoroughly recommended

Our room - the Londres Hotel, Saumur - thoroughly recommended (11/43)

High street, Saumur

High street, Saumur (12/43)

High street, Saumur

High street, Saumur (12/43)

The chateau at Saumur on the Loire

The chateau at Saumur on the Loire (13/43)

The chateau at Saumur on the Loire

The chateau at Saumur on the Loire (13/43)

A day off from flying  - the top tower of Chateau Saumur

A day off from flying - the top tower of Chateau Saumur (14/43)

A day off from flying  - the top tower of Chateau Saumur

A day off from flying - the top tower of Chateau Saumur (14/43)

Chateau Saumur's unusual gardens overlooking the river

Chateau Saumur's unusual gardens overlooking the river (15/43)

Chateau Saumur's unusual gardens overlooking the river

Chateau Saumur's unusual gardens overlooking the river (15/43)

On a wine cave tour in Saumur's Louis De Grenelle winery, ahead of tasting 6

On a wine cave tour in Saumur's Louis De Grenelle winery, ahead of tasting 6 "champagnes"! (16/43)

On a wine cave tour in Saumur's Louis De Grenelle winery, ahead of tasting 6

On a wine cave tour in Saumur's Louis De Grenelle winery, ahead of tasting 6 "champagnes"! (16/43)

Brazilian entertainment in Saumur

Brazilian entertainment in Saumur (17/43)

Brazilian entertainment in Saumur

Brazilian entertainment in Saumur (17/43)

All we needed at Saumur

All we needed at Saumur (18/43)

All we needed at Saumur

All we needed at Saumur (18/43)

Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying goodbye to fantastic Saumur

Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying goodbye to fantastic Saumur (19/43)

Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying goodbye to fantastic Saumur

Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying goodbye to fantastic Saumur (19/43)

Loire grapes as far as the eye can see

Loire grapes as far as the eye can see (20/43)

Loire grapes as far as the eye can see

Loire grapes as far as the eye can see (20/43)

Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay Le Rideau - big disappointment as it was wrapped in plastic

Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay Le Rideau - big disappointment as it was wrapped in plastic (21/43)

Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay Le Rideau - big disappointment as it was wrapped in plastic

Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay Le Rideau - big disappointment as it was wrapped in plastic (21/43)

Chateaux Tour No 3 - into controlled airspace to see the incredible gardens of Villandry

Chateaux Tour No 3 - into controlled airspace to see the incredible gardens of Villandry (22/43)

Chateaux Tour No 3 - into controlled airspace to see the incredible gardens of Villandry

Chateaux Tour No 3 - into controlled airspace to see the incredible gardens of Villandry (22/43)

Chateaux Tour No 4 - the reason we are here - Chenonceau

Chateaux Tour No 4 - the reason we are here - Chenonceau (23/43)

Chateaux Tour No 4 - the reason we are here - Chenonceau

Chateaux Tour No 4 - the reason we are here - Chenonceau (23/43)

Magnificent Chenonceau

Magnificent Chenonceau (24/43)

Magnificent Chenonceau

Magnificent Chenonceau (24/43)

Magnificent Chenonceau

Magnificent Chenonceau (25/43)

Magnificent Chenonceau

Magnificent Chenonceau (25/43)

Chateaux Tour No 5 - Amboise - it's there, on a hilltop in the middle of town

Chateaux Tour No 5 - Amboise - it's there, on a hilltop in the middle of town (26/43)

Chateaux Tour No 5 - Amboise - it's there, on a hilltop in the middle of town

Chateaux Tour No 5 - Amboise - it's there, on a hilltop in the middle of town (26/43)

One of dozens of unknown chateaux that we stumbled across on the banks of the Loire

One of dozens of unknown chateaux that we stumbled across on the banks of the Loire (27/43)

One of dozens of unknown chateaux that we stumbled across on the banks of the Loire

One of dozens of unknown chateaux that we stumbled across on the banks of the Loire (27/43)

Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney-like and magnificent Chambord

Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney-like and magnificent Chambord (28/43)

Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney-like and magnificent Chambord

Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney-like and magnificent Chambord (28/43)

Chambord

Chambord (29/43)

Chambord

Chambord (29/43)

Into the Champagne region - vines to the back door of every house in the village

Into the Champagne region - vines to the back door of every house in the village (30/43)

Into the Champagne region - vines to the back door of every house in the village

Into the Champagne region - vines to the back door of every house in the village (30/43)

Ridicuclously ostentatious Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Ridicuclously ostentatious Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (31/43)

Ridicuclously ostentatious Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Ridicuclously ostentatious Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (31/43)

On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay - we couldn't not?

On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay - we couldn't not? (32/43)

On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay - we couldn't not?

On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay - we couldn't not? (32/43)

Ready to go looking for Aubrey at Cambrai

Ready to go looking for Aubrey at Cambrai (33/43)

Ready to go looking for Aubrey at Cambrai

Ready to go looking for Aubrey at Cambrai (33/43)

Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawks - British Military Cemetery, Moeuvres

Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawks - British Military Cemetery, Moeuvres (34/43)

Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawks - British Military Cemetery, Moeuvres

Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawks - British Military Cemetery, Moeuvres (34/43)

Setting up camp at warm and windy Saint Omer

Setting up camp at warm and windy Saint Omer (35/43)

Setting up camp at warm and windy Saint Omer

Setting up camp at warm and windy Saint Omer (35/43)

Inside the enormous cathedral in Saint Omer

Inside the enormous cathedral in Saint Omer (36/43)

Inside the enormous cathedral in Saint Omer

Inside the enormous cathedral in Saint Omer (36/43)

Inside the enormous cathedral to aviation at Saint Omer

Inside the enormous cathedral to aviation at Saint Omer (37/43)

Inside the enormous cathedral to aviation at Saint Omer

Inside the enormous cathedral to aviation at Saint Omer (37/43)

Drying the wing in the rising sun at Saint Omer

Drying the wing in the rising sun at Saint Omer (38/43)

Drying the wing in the rising sun at Saint Omer

Drying the wing in the rising sun at Saint Omer (38/43)

Browsing the Saint Omer war memorial as we wait for our flight plan slot for the Channel crossing. Took off 9.00am exactly as per our plan - landed at Headcorn in Kent at 9.01am.

Browsing the Saint Omer war memorial as we wait for our flight plan slot for the Channel crossing. Took off 9.00am exactly as per our plan - landed at Headcorn in Kent at 9.01am. (39/43)

Browsing the Saint Omer war memorial as we wait for our flight plan slot for the Channel crossing. Took off 9.00am exactly as per our plan - landed at Headcorn in Kent at 9.01am.

Browsing the Saint Omer war memorial as we wait for our flight plan slot for the Channel crossing. Took off 9.00am exactly as per our plan - landed at Headcorn in Kent at 9.01am. (39/43)

Unmistakable re-introduction to England

Unmistakable re-introduction to England (40/43)

Unmistakable re-introduction to England

Unmistakable re-introduction to England (40/43)

Interesting to stumble across the Millbrook (automobile) Proving Ground at Bedford after a wee detour to the Isle of Wight for lunch

Interesting to stumble across the Millbrook (automobile) Proving Ground at Bedford after a wee detour to the Isle of Wight for lunch (41/43)

Interesting to stumble across the Millbrook (automobile) Proving Ground at Bedford after a wee detour to the Isle of Wight for lunch

Interesting to stumble across the Millbrook (automobile) Proving Ground at Bedford after a wee detour to the Isle of Wight for lunch (41/43)

Dawn at Fenland, before the flight home to East Fortune

Dawn at Fenland, before the flight home to East Fortune (42/43)

Dawn at Fenland, before the flight home to East Fortune

Dawn at Fenland, before the flight home to East Fortune (42/43)

1,748 miles flown

1,748 miles flown (43/43)

1,748 miles flown

1,748 miles flown (43/43)