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 Montreuil Bellay France - August 2013


Montreuil Bellay - 26th Aug - 5th Sep

    Angie and Andy Cavell along with Chris Mawdsley and Peter Brown welcomed in total, 20 motorhomes to the Montreuil-Bellay rally. The site is situated on the Le Thouet River in the region of Pays de la Loire. They had ordered plenty of sunshine and if I’m honest, a little too hot for me at times. The glass of wine and nibbles were more than welcome. 

    On the site, there was a little menagerie of animals, goats, guinea pigs and a new born family of little piglets which we all watched with interest, willing the little runt to live.

    Most of us went on a tour and wine tasting at the 11th Century Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay which was very interesting. On one occasion the guides’ grasp of English caused one or two raised eyebrows. On the same evening the camp site had a Queen Tribute one man band that was appreciated by about four of us.

    A coach ride took us on another occasion to Angers for the day. Most of us had a tour around the town on the little road train to explore the sights, followed by a visit to the medieval Angers Chateau. Over time, there have been many alterations and additions to it.  The highlight of this visit for me, was to see the oldest remaining tapestry in France started in 1377 and finished in 1382. Depicting the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation, although quite faded in places it was still very colourful. Originally there were six sections measuring 24 metres x 6 metre high, comprising of 90 panels. Only 71 remain as the rest were cut up and used during the French revolution for floor mats, to insulate horse stables or to cover fruit trees. Many tapestries at this time were burned to melt the gold and silver used in their design.

    During the rally Baz organised a boules match, the final being held on the last full day and the winners were….. Peter and Janet Murphy who incidentally, along with Shelagh and Phil West, also won Angie’s daily (accumulative) quiz.  

    Peter Brown and John Hill organised a six mile gentle walk from the site, no great hills to contend with amongst the vineyards of the district with lots of different butterflies and a mass of wild flowers.

    The marshals organised a cheese and wine evening and on the last evening most ralliers joined in a communal BBQ. Sylvia Lockwood, Liz Irvin and especially Shelagh West did a good job of parting people from their Euros selling tickets for the raffle.

    Richard Birch a lifelong Lepidopterist had a sheet with lots of butterflies for us to identify and note down any species we spotted during the rally.

    We played Liz Irvin’s Dice game which again relieved us of some money (only 30 cents) which confused some people, not being able to tell their left from their right!

    Thanks to the marshals and everyone else who worked hard to make this rally a success.

Rally report and photo gallery Courtesy of: - Jean  & Dave Hollingsworth

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Montreuil Châteaux tour Main Châteaux Living Quarters Châteaux Church entrance
Châteaux wine tasting Montreuil Main Bridge
Butterfly searching Camping site's 6 piglets
Rally walkers Visiting Angers
 Châteaux at Angers River Loire from the Angers Chateaux" Presentation of the Boules prize