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Twinning 4 (Final)

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You must all be sick to death of my twinning accounts but, well, you have to fill the space, don't you? Have photographs must post. I do hope they are not too boring. So here we go. We have got to Sunday now and there's only one more day to go. So this is the last instalment.

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During the week of our visit Clisson played host to an art show with painters from all over the district taking pitches around the town to sell their paintings so it was a morning of wandering in the sunshine, meeting friends and taking photographs. But after an hour or two I was starting to feel the pressure and so went ‘home’ to our hosts for a little lunch and a glass of wine after which I just sat in the garden of Jean-Charles house by the ponds with the lily pads and frogs and read and dozed.

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But of course come the evening and it was the Grand Farewell Dinner with Nick entertaining us on guitar and after that some Breton music and Breton dancing. The latter is most excellent fun and a way of making friends very quickly. We carried on until nearly one in the morning.
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On Monday friends came over mid morning and we had a kir by the ponds and then the family who had hosted us on the Friday came to lunch and we demolished several further courses of food.

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At five o'clock it was time to get in the car and proceed to Nantes airport where with perfect timing it started to rain. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 9th Jun 2017 - 06:12PM   Posted by Fennie   Twinning 4 (Final) Comments: 6

Withy Brook's Avatar Think you might have to go on a diet for a little while, after that!
Sounds a lovely but very busy visit and that Castle looks interesting.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Jun 2017 at 08:45PM

Fennie's Avatar Yes the castle is interesting. Very large - built originally to defend Brittany from France then later in the 100 years war to defend France against the English attackers. Then it was wrecked by the revolutionaries in the wars of the Vendée 1792-4.

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Jun 2017 at 09:16PM

Camilla's Avatar Love reading all about your twinning accounts Fennie and no not boring at all thank you for sharing with us. You packed a lot in on your trip but had
a lot of fun and the weather was kind which was a blessing for you all.

Did you I wonder buy one or those artists paintings? Yes the castle looks very interesting much history to it.

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Jun 2017 at 11:33PM

Fennie's Avatar No Camilla I didn't, I'm afraid. Not much place to put it in an airline bag and not even much place to put it on the walls here. I took the picture you see because he was sitting in front of the rather large poster of the town that gives you a good aerial view. The paintings were of all sorts but I spotted no budding Turners or even Sargents.

The weather was wonderful, unlike here, grey, damp and lit with secondhand light. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Jun 2017 at 08:24AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I rather like the abstract paintings on the right and for a moment I thought the castle looked rather welsh but the rest of the town doesn't.

A weekend of eating drinking and meeting friends... sounds good to me, I hope you enjoyed your Fest Noz, I'm always up for a bit of Breton dance.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Jun 2017 at 08:57AM

Fennie's Avatar Well the castles were all built by the same architects so followed a similar pattern. Clisson town was also wrecked during the Vendéen wars and was only rebuilt about 1830 thanks to an architect called Lemot who had been Napoleon's ambassador in Italy. Lemot had the town rebuilt in the Italian style which is why it doesn't look particularly French. Very pretty though - at the confluence of two rivers and surrounded by vines.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Jun 2017 at 11:21PM

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