Saturday, August 24, 2013

All the fun of the fair on a sunny Saturday in Chinon

Day 8 (Part 2)
All the fun of the fair on a sunny Saturday in Chinon

The annual vintage market continued in Chinon this sunny afternoon.

Highlight was an old fashioned threshing. Thirsty work and, for a short spell, we withdrew from the streets to visit the Caves Painctes of Chinon, the headquarters of the Confrerie de Bons Entonneurs Rabelaisiens. Didn’t quite make the cut for membership. You have to drink a glass of wine. What’s the problem, you say. The problem is the glass takes a whole bottle and you must finish it without a pause!

It is an interesting visit into the caves under the town, some 100 meters under the fortress above. Got some drops of water on my shirt at one point and the guide told me it had taken two months to get down from the top. After a nice tasting of red, rose and red, we were soon out in the sun and a different kind of fun.
Cross-roads (well, rond-point) dancing
Tractor driver lets off smoke at a "heckler"
Fun time
I have a bigger one!
Some fine horses here today
Lining up for tasting at Caves Painctes of Chinon

Horse have shite of way
No French Fair complete without one.
Sheaf throwers
Rabelais and his work crew
Sheaf style.

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