Monday, 29 February 2016
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016:
Salon des Vins et du terroir @Romoratin
30 exhibitors from across France
including Lamé Delisle Boucard (Bourgueil)
19th March: 14th Fête des vins de Bourgueil
Boulevard Heurteloup, Tours
Some 50 Bourgueil producers showing their wines
Château Petit Thouars: Portes Ouvertes
Easter weekend: 26th to 28th March 2016
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Café de la Promenade, Bourgueil
Ludo's message on Facebook: 27th February 2016
Ludo's boss – Sophie
Ludo as master of ceremonies,
Ludo and Sophie Ragot's Café de la Promenade in Bourgueil will have new owners on 1st April with Nora and Samuel taking over. Sophie and Ludo will be a very hard act to follow after seven memorable years running Café de la Promenade – a very far cry from a traditional French café and hotel. We will keep many great memories of times at the Ragot's Café. At the same time best wishes to Nora and Samuel for keeping the spirit going with their own touches, of course.
Dorothée: you lookin' for trouble!?
Local producer delivering wine for morning session ......
Eddy Oosterlinck wearing a rather tame shirt pouring...
The late and greatly missed Pierre Caslot
– a prime mover behind Bourgueillothérapie
Pierre's impeccable tasting technique
Art from Bourgueillothérapie
View of the church at crossroads D81 and road to Luzillé
(foto: Michel Mergot)
Timbers and the church bell (foto: Michel Mergot)
The church before repairs started
'La couverture de la nef a été enlevée et maintenant la charpente va être déposée pour que le maçon intervienne sur le haut des murs.
La charpente sera alors remontée avec quelques renforcements.
La cloche est partie en Allemagne pour être réparée.'
The slates have been removed from above the nave. Now the roof timbers will be removed so that the mason can start work on the top of the walls. Once the mason's work is complete the roof timbers will be put back suitably reinforced. The church clock has been sent to Germany to be repaired.
Le siège social: SCI Les Huîtres Pétillantes
see from the top of the church
(foto: Michel Mergot)
Saturday, 27 February 2016
The inside of Maria Granel – health food shop
Today was unseasonably cold in Lisbon with temperatures down at 5˚ C and feeling colder than that in the piercing wind, especially during the frequent, sharp showers. We headed northwards to the suburb of Alvalade, which is close to Lisbon's airport. Here we visited a health food shop, the Alvalade market (Mercado de Alvalade) and a organic supermarket.
Plenty of fish in the Mercado: fresh, piles of dried cod and frozen
Some salt cod...
Coffee and tea making apparatus – packets of tea
We chose a popular restaurant close to the market for lunch. Although the food was excellent – both fish and meat – the wine offered was limited and of little interest. Happily the restaurant allowed us to head off to a fine nearby delicatessen where we bought this very good 2011 Valle Pradinhos Reserva from Transmontano region – very close to the Douro Valley – for 10€.
Seeking warmth and some comfort we then headed south across town to the Pestana Palace Lisboa in the Santa Amaro district.
Place for a formal dinner with a few friends .....
A more informal dining area ...
with a view over the garden
Stained glass and an elegant staircase
View across to the stables