Summer events and activities have meant a slight delay in getting the diary to you this month. The weather has been far to good to be sitting at the keyboard so we’ve been out and about and enjoying the sun and some of the many festivals that go on here during the summer months. Here are a few things that are worth a visit again next year.
Le Puy Retro Grande Prix
The last Sunday of July and Le Puy Notre Dame hosts the annual Retro Grand Prix. On the day before the big event they have a local rally which passes the gates of La Grande Maison. One of the vintage cars on the drive past the house.
Drivers come from all over Europe in their convertible Morgans, Bugattis, Amilcars, Peugeots and even an the old Rolls Royce makes an appearance. Old motocycles complete with sidecars rally around the village at such high speed that hay bales mark out the circuit to protect the onlookers. This shot was taken from the roof of the church of Le Puy Notre Dame.
Concert time at Treves and Cunault
Now in it’s 25 Season “Les Heures Musicale de Cunault et Treves” are a series of Sunday afternoon concerts for the more classically inclined.
Here in the beautiful Eglise de Treves Schumann, Brahms & Beethoven were performed by Christophe Coin, cello and Jean-Francois Heisser, piano. The perfect accoustics of the church made for a spectacular performance. The interval was spent under the shadow of Treves Tower with a glass of Sparkling Langlois Chateau.
A summer event not to be missed.
Whilst cycling past the Eglise de Cunault the following day we happened to hear the most glorious singing from within. On exploring further it turned out to be Marie-Eve Gouin (soprano) and Elodie Mechain (contalto) practising for the following weeks performance of Bach, Haendel, Rossini, Verdi and Dvorak. We sat and listened to our own private production in this beautiful church of Cunault which has the largest nave in Europe with out a transcept making it quite an architechtural wonder!
The Argentay Summer Production
Not as high brow but just as much fun was the local “father & son” production of The Three Muskateers. Here Steve, Luc, Beth, Frank and Ned take their final curtain call in the beautiful gardens of Plantagenet Plantes.
A Luncheon Party with friends
A happy lunch crowd at Reflets de Loire in St Mathurin. Fab new restaurant on the River Loire from where you can take LPO (French RSPB) Bird Spotting trips by boat. From here you can get to see the wilder parts of the river which on a clear blue sky & sunny day is spectacular.