Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cathédral Saint Pierre, Beauvais

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To break up an alternately windy and showery day I stopped off at Beauvais, a town about 80kms north of Paris. According to my guide book, the cathedral was worth a look, as it features the highest Gothic vaults ever built. The original Carolingian Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1225, and the local bishops set about specifying a replacement… Read more »

Why Apple Won’t Replace the 30-pin Dock Connector on iPhone/iPad – They’ll Lose It

An updated “micro dock” would make room for bigger batteries, 4G radios, and other components far more important to the iPhone and iPad in a PC free world. Apple getting ready to ditch the traditional iPhone, iPad, and iPod dock connector | iMore iMore and others have been speculating that the 30-pin dock connector on the iPhone/iPad is ripe for… Read more »

Château of Chambord, Loire Valley

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Today was Chambord’s turn to continue the tour of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. As I was in Blois I took a quick walk around the corner from the Aire to see what it’s château had to offer, and decided that I could save that for another trip. Whilst certainly an impressive building, it’s a bit hemmed in by… Read more »

The Château of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

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Second stop of the day was the Château of Chenonceau, in the Loire Valley but built across the River Cher which flows parallel only a few kms from the Loire River. There are gardens as well, but not on any sort of scale to compare to Villandry. As well as the château there is extensive woodland, a 16th century farm… Read more »

The Château and Gardens of Villandry, Loire Valley

A perfectly restful nights sleep and waking to a cold and misty morning. The run of perfect weather since November now looks to have come to an end, and signals the fact I can’t be too far from home. A cold and misty morning in early March is not necessarily the best time to go visiting Château and gardens, but… Read more »

Monsieur Gourmand Strikes Again

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I decided to stop the night outside the Chateau Villandry, which I intend to visit in the morning. The hotel next door were doing a too-good-to-be-true menu of the day. As it turned out, it was just good and true, and once more my faith in French cuisine is restored after several years of less them impressive meals. Might need… Read more »

The Village of the Dead – Oradour-sur-Glane

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A pleasant stop for coffee and a wander around a traditional French market in the town of Brantôme this morning (apparently known as ‘the Venice of the Perigord’), and then driving north through Limousin. One thing that I wanted to see was the town of Oradour-sur-Glane. On the 10th June 1944, Nazi SS rounded up the inhabitants of the town,… Read more »

Ce Soir Gastronomique en Périgueux

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I decided that tonight would be a gastronomic treat. Th e region of Perigord is renowned for its use of Duck and Goose in its cuisine, so it would have been rude not to partake. By the time I found the Aire (TomTom tried to steer me through the ‘projects’ and I feared of I stopped moving at a junction… Read more »

Medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne

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The old town of Sarlat is stuffed full of medieval buildings, and it was an opportunity to empty the waste tanks on the spaceship and take on some caffeine for the pilot. I vaguely remover coming here with the Ascot chums, what must have been 10 years ago, so it was nice to sit in the square, supping a cuppa… Read more »