Monday, July 23, 2012


Last day for our company meant packing and just relaxing - no long car rides.  We went for a picnic and tried out two parks.

Loudun is beautiful and quiet with lots of shade.  No traffic to speak of and the old gentlemen who were fishing must have been grateful that there was no noise to scare the fish.  We ate our lunch from Patapain and played games.  We also shared a special wine: Chateauneuf du Pape.  What impressed me was the handicap access which we don't often find in France.  There was a section reserved for the handicapped, a parking space for them, and the fence was even lower so that someone in a wheelchair could see the view unencumbered.  The toilet, however, was not well kept, lacked paper and smelled.

We then made our way to Trois-Moutiers for the remainder of our afternoon.  There is a small lake in the middle of the park and the scenery is just lovely with the church steeple in the background.  Lots of trees, park benches, and sunshine.  The noise is much louder, however, since the park borders a main road.  The toilets are a notch better since there was a seat, but still no paper.

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