It is a very long drive from the Dordogne to Brittany. Just before we left we made a change to the itinerary and scheduled a stop in Niort. This allowed time for an afternoon on the Venise Verte (Marais Poitevin). This is an area of previous marshland that was converted to farmland. There is a network of canals - 400 km in all.
We rented a classic flatboat and spend two hours on the canals beneath a covering of birch and willow trees.
Then on to Brittany, We have enjoyed Brittany from previous trips. It was also a chance to stay with our friends the Le Gouëffs. How time flies, we met them 20 years ago on one of our initial trips to France.
From Brittany we drove to the Loire Valley. We had a spectacular house - well actually two, and visited some of the best châteaux in the area. .
Of course we were able to work in a visit to an abbey with cloisters. The Royal Abbaye of Fontevraud is stunning and well worth a visit. The tombs of King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquataine, and Richard the Lionheart are there.