Church at Azay le Rideau


Back home from France, Iā€™m going through my sketchbook:

The castle at Azay le Rideau, was closed, but from the grounds of the gift shop, I had this view of the neighboring church. There was just enough time to do this quick pen sketch. I intended to add watercolor later, but decided it was fine with just a bit of green hedge. 


Chartres Cathedral

I had long wanted to see the famous stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral. The windows, even more than I expected, were just part of what I saw: Windows almost beyond number, statues of saints known and unknown; and the on- going cleaning to remove 600+ years of grime…a tedious project, no simple pressure wash job! Note the clean-dirty contrast on photo #3

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Wine Tour

It was a muggy, hot day in Chinon, when our leader Jane scheduled a wine tour for us before dinner. The tour was in a cave, tunneled under the Chinon castle. I posted a painting of the castle a few days ago.
The coolness of the cave was balm to the late afternoon heat. The cave was a perfect place for aging the acclaimed Chinon White wines, not to be confused with Chenin Blanc! We enjoyed tastings of Chinon's best wines.

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