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Chateaux Tour of The Loire     43 photos   Slideshow...

Our third attempt in the last year to fly to the Loire and do a Chateaux Tour by microlight - something I've wanted to do for a long time. Following the weather, as we always do, we were then taken east to Epernay, the Champagne region and an entirely unplanned and moving overfly of my great uncle's Great War grave in northern France. It was hot, turbulent, bumpy flying all the way but we loved every minute and really didn't want it to end.


Arriving at Le Touquet with my "Lovely Girl"
Arriving at Le Touquet with..



Heading for beers on the beach at Le Touquet
Heading for beers on the be..



Sun goes down at beautiful Le Touquet
Sun goes down at beautiful ..



Climbing out from Le Touquet on route to the Loire
Climbing out from Le Touque..



Crossing the mighty Seine
Crossing the mighty Seine



The Seine
The Seine



Passing Le Mans up high to get out of the thermals for a wee while
Passing Le Mans up high to ..



The Loire - our target river - looking east from near Saumur
The Loire - our target rive..



Saumur - our destination
Saumur - our destination



A quick coffee while we acclimatise to the Loire warmth
A quick coffee while we acc..



Our room - the Londres Hotel, Saumur - thoroughly recommended
Our room - the Londres Hote..



High street, Saumur
High street, Saumur



The chateau at Saumur on the Loire
The chateau at Saumur on th..



A day off from flying  - the top tower of Chateau Saumur
A day off from flying - th..



Chateau Saumur's unusual gardens overlooking the river
Chateau Saumur's unusual ga..



On a wine cave tour in Saumur's Louis De Grenelle winery, ahead of tasting 6 "champagnes"!
On a wine cave tour in Saum..



Brazilian entertainment in Saumur
Brazilian entertainment in ..



All we needed at Saumur
All we needed at Saumur



Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying goodbye to fantastic Saumur
Chateaux Tour No 1 - saying..



Loire grapes as far as the eye can see
Loire grapes as far as the ..



Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay Le Rideau - big disappointment as it was wrapped in plastic
Chateaux Tour No 2 - Azay L..



Chateaux Tour No 3 - into controlled airspace to see the incredible gardens of Villandry
Chateaux Tour No 3 - into c..



Chateaux Tour No 4 - the reason we are here - Chenonceau
Chateaux Tour No 4 - the re..



Magnificent Chenonceau
Magnificent Chenonceau



Magnificent Chenonceau
Magnificent Chenonceau



Chateaux Tour No 5 - Amboise - it's there, on a hilltop in the middle of town
Chateaux Tour No 5 - Ambois..



One of dozens of unknown chateaux that we stumbled across on the banks of the Loire
One of dozens of unknown ch..



Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney-like and magnificent Chambord
Chateaux Tour No 6 - Disney..



Chambord
Chambord



Into the Champagne region - vines to the back door of every house in the village
Into the Champagne region -..



Ridicuclously ostentatious Avenue de Champagne in Epernay
Ridicuclously ostentatious ..



On the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay - we couldn't not?
On the Avenue de Champagne ..



Ready to go looking for Aubrey at Cambrai
Ready to go looking for Aub..



Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawks - British Military Cemetery, Moeuvres
Great Uncle Aubrey Woodhawk..



Setting up camp at warm and windy Saint Omer
Setting up camp at warm and..



Inside the enormous cathedral in Saint Omer
Inside the enormous cathedr..



Inside the enormous cathedral to aviation at Saint Omer
Inside the enormous cathedr..



Drying the wing in the rising sun at Saint Omer
Drying the wing in the risi..



Browsing the Saint Omer war memorial as we wait for our flight plan slot for the Channel crossing. Took off 9.00am exactly as per our plan - landed at Headcorn in Kent at 9.01am.
Browsing the Saint Omer war..



Unmistakable re-introduction to England
Unmistakable re-introductio..



Interesting to stumble across the Millbrook (automobile) Proving Ground at Bedford after a wee detour to the Isle of Wight for lunch
Interesting to stumble acro..



Dawn at Fenland, before the flight home to East Fortune
Dawn at Fenland, before the..



1,748 miles flown
1,748 miles flown