On this year's journey, from Dieppe to the Haute-Loire, we were to pass through Loiret yet again. The river we encountered was again the Loire itself, not necessarily through choice because we followed several other tributaries of the Loire on our travels, but because it just happened to be there on our route. As was Briare, a town that I had not previously heard of, but as a stopping off point for a couple of nights on the way South, it certainly fitted out needs.
|A dutch barge in the attractive marina connecting to Canal de Briare and the Canal Latéral à la Loire|
|A popular restaurant in Briare - photographed on the day of the local festival - lots of German flags - and kilts - in town, and we never figured out why!|
|Waterways in Briare - the Canal de Briare links the River Loire with the River Loing and through that the Seine.|
|We took several walks along the banks of the Loire|
|This Loire River sunset was photographed from our camper|
We took a drive to the nearby town of Chatillon-sur-Loire. Arriving just after noon, we discovered just how sleepy French towns could be, with practically everything shut for three hours from noon until 3 o'clock.
|Every French town seems to have a public toilet somewhere. In Chatillon-sur-Loire there were also murals of figures including past inhabitants scattered around the town.|
|A fine Citroen DS parked conveniently in the centre of town.|
|A darker image - and still pulling strong - a horse butcher's shop|
|Shirley striding along the Loire - if it seems narrow then that's because the main flow is on the other side of that island|
|A Cidre de Breton - served de rigour in the appropriate cup!|