It is now 12:20 and I am fed up with waiting, as usual I hear the sweet sound of France calling while the others in my life SLEEP. It is a good day for sleeping but I was AWAKE. So now I am going to lunch a bit on some yogurt, cheese, meat and a baguette we bought yesterday and go forth into the world, alone I guess.
Well this was a fine day, not. We finally got moving and decided to go to Blois, it was a good option in the rain. I thought I knew right where it was, but surprise, it was not there, so finding it was a challenge. We found a parking place right off the bat, but could not figure out how to pay, the local shop keepers were not helpful, at all. So we moved the car because I did not feel the urge to be towed. So we parked in a parking garage which personifies the concept of sardines! Austin spied a place where I could back up the ramp and then pull in easier than trying to slide a whale in a horse trailer. Which is usually what I feel that I am trying to do.
Blois is as lovely as touted. There is a throne one can sit on and I finally felt almost as at home as when I am in Paris! Princess Caroline at last! The way in which folks lived over the centuries is amazing, moving from castle to castle. Giving it away, taking it back. Old Catherine de MIdici spent time here too, the different take on her here, versus my memories of Chenonceau, is very interesting. The Blois version is less venomous, I think. It is hard to remember due to events that would happen latter. We left the castle and tried looking for an umbrella, sweatshirts and food, but the best we could find was a bar where we had a glass of local wine and extra crackers for the boys. Leaving Blois we tried to find a place to eat as I was the only person who had had breakfast so everyone was stinking hungry, but we ran into the same parking problem. Joe was hankering for Tartare de Boeuf so we decided to just go back to Ambois where we jumped out of the car in the rain, I vividly remember locking the car, because I felt impatient in the rain, but thought "this has to be done regardless." I remember having already placed the key on the hook in my car and locking it.
Four soggy creatures had dinner at a place I had indulged good steak tartare the year before. Our food was good, but not good enough make up for what was to come. Jodi and I fast walked back to the car, I unlocked the car as we approached and went back to pic up the boys. We had left them under an awning to stay dry. It was a circuitous route, but we got back to them and back we went to Croix en Tourraine where we are staying. We arrived back at the apartment in high spirits and everyone but me went to the back of the car and Jodi said "where is my stuff?", we searched the car high and low to no avail. Finally it sunk in that somehow we had been robbed. Jodi and i went back to the gendarmerie to be heartlessly told to return in the AM by 1000 to file a report. He was incredulous that the car did not have any damage and I felt vindicated at the Pink Panther movies, I wanted to ask him if "e would like to bbuuuy a amberger", We came home pretty disheartened.