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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra Extra Colour

Here is another submission to this weeks photo challenge – extra extra. These were taken on our holiday in Brittany and the Loire in 1999at Le Lude, where we saw a fabulous Son et Lumière show, the light adding an extra dimension to the walls of the old chateau.


France (Loire) 1997

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Having left Chateaulin early we headed for our second Gite located in the Loire region in the village of Erbray.

On route we passed through Quimpèrle, then stopped off in Josselin.

We arrived at our Gite in Erbray late in the afternoon.

Hol 1997 (92)

In the evening we headed out to the nearby town of Chateaubriant.

We ravelled to the town of Vitré where using a guide-book we walked through the old streets and around the Chateau walls.

Leaving Vitré we journeyed on to the Chateau at Fougères. We had great fun clambering up and down all the many turrets and towers.


We drove into the Loire Valley, whee we visited some vineyards at Beaulieu du Lattay and the Rose Garden at Foué la Fontaine. Finally we drove to Saumur. Unlike Fougières, Samaur’s chateau was very much a stately home, which we were able to look around.



We drove the short distance to Voireau Reservoir, where we swam and relaxed on the beach. We also hired a pedalo and traveled around the lake.


We journeyed to Clisson, which is known as little Italy due to it’s architecture.

We had a great lunch outside of Clisson, before looking around the gardens of the nearby stately home at Menezhom. The gardens here went down to the river’s edge and followed the interesting footpath across the weir and viewed the Italian Architecture.


We traveled to Chateau Gontier and took a boat trip along the river.

In the evening we arrived at Le Lude for the “Son et Lumière” show we had read about in the Guide Book. The Chateau was impressive although we were too late to go inside. From the bridge we observed the rows of seats where we would later see the show once dusk had fallen.

The show was impressive. Countries from around the globe were depicted with music and pictures and fireworks.

It was a great way to end our holiday in France