Montrésor, Tuesday 18th December 2012

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We made it to Genillé by 1 pm today, only to discover that the motorhome ‘aire’ was just a parking space behind a farmhouse where a rusty old caravan with a dog tethered to it were standing.  The place looked very unwelcoming indeed and the actual ‘parking’ space was on tall grass, so without giving it a second thought or having the need to discuss it at all, we turned around and headed southeast on the D10 to this charming medieval town of Montrésor, complete with a chateau and an abbey, all on top of of a hill on the river Indrois, a tributary of the river Indre.  The aire is FREE and has room for 15 motorhomes and it also has a free water tap and facilities to empty the toilet and grey water.  The aire overlooks the chateau and is very quiet, so this has been another lucky find due to last minute change of plans!  It’s good to be flexible.

 

The pleasant walk along the river Indrois in Montresor

The pleasant walk along the river Indrois in Montresor

 

We have just come back from a walk around the town and along the river, where every so often there are information panels about the history of the town. This place is well worth a visit and we’d like to come back again to explore the chateau (originally built in the XIth century and re-inforced on the XVIth) and the abbey.

 

One of the bridges along the river walk

One of the bridges along the river walk

 

We made very good time this morning after leaving La Suthe-sur-Sarthe, with only one stop at Leclerc at  Chateau-du-Loir to buy some bottled water and some more food, as we were getting worried that all the water outlets might be shut again, like it happened last January.  Luckily, there is water here, but you never know when or where the next source is going to be.

 

The Abbey at Montresor

The Abbey at Montresor

 

The TomTom decided to take us up north again from La Suthe-sur-Sarthe to join the motorway, but we changed our minds and opted for the D338 south, just by the 24-hour-circuit and Musée Automobile of Le Mans, past Ecommoy, Chateau-du-Loir and all the way to the north of Tours, where we headed east on the D801 and joined the A10 motorway from junction 20 to 23 (only 90 cents!) and then the D943 southeast towards Loches and D764 to Genillé.

 

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As we’ve had a long day on the road today, we might have a shorter drive tomorrow.  Let’s see what happens…

 

View from the hilltop

View from the hilltop

 

 

The old town

The old town

 

Entrance to the Chateau

Entrance to the Chateau

 

 

 

 

 

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