The train station is easy to find in Angers and there's a handy 15 minute parking zone out front for delivering and picking up passengers. That part is no problem. However, the tracks the train will arrive on isn't posted until just a few minutes before boarding. So our getting there early isn't all that helpful, as we end up standing around with a few dozen of our nearest and dearest unknown passengers who are likewise waiting for their track to be posted.
So Judy and I make our way to the ticket sales area - the one with people staffing it - ignoring the dozens of ticket purchasing kiosks. Lovely lounge area with comfortable chairs for waiting one's turn once you have taken a number. And the number is chosen based on whether you want to travel today or at a future date. There's a reason for the comfortable chairs, as civilized as it is, because after 20 minutes, we're still waiting. Once the number was posted, we got up to be served but a little old lady decided at that moment that she needed help. We suspect she had missed when her number was called as she was sitting when we came in. But she had a long and complicated ticket purchase, and now we'd been waiting a half hour and are in danger of not being able to say good by to Janis and Clark. So I interrupt a different ticket seller, whose job was only handling tickets for today, but when I explained the issue, she took pity on us and sold Judy a ticket. That part when very smoothly. But in the middle Janis and Clark and Dave came in to say a quick (and inadequate) good-by as their track was posted.
So we got the ticket, but missed a long good-by to our travel companions for this past 7 weeks. Bittersweet parting.
|Janis and Clark at Amboise|
But not everyone is leaving us.
|a walk 10 days ago|
|stone wine grower's hut|
So now that you know the upcoming schedule, you can guess the remainder of our day. Groceries, market, and a bit of cleaning and laundry. Not a castle-storming kind of day, but an absolutely gorgeous day - sunny and warm, hot even - to be enjoying the house we've rented here in the Loire Valley.
|The wine collection as of May 24|
Photos today are from hikes around the area. Seems fitting for a day at home.
|Buffles near Vauchrétien|
|No entry! buffalo, horses, electric fence|