Thirty-four people visited Corné at the end of May and were hosted by French families. We were welcomed enthusiastically, renewed old friendships and made new friends.
We arrived in Corné at midday on Saturday 25th and were taken to the Sequoia Centre for a welcome and champagne reception. We then spent the afternoon with our host families.
In the evening we visited a music festival organised by the Loire Authion School of Music and were entertained by French Groups and some songs by members of Headley Theatre Club and Matthew Alexander.
The following morning a visit to vineyard had been arranged. The vineyards were immaculately maintained. After seeing how the wine was produced and also sampling some of it, many of our group chose to buy a few bottles to bring home. We were told that we were to share a picnic at the vineyard but it was more like a banquet with beautifully prepared and presented meats, salads, and vegetarian options.
On Monday we set off in our coach for Villandry, a chateau famous for its extensive gardens. The formal part was laid out with immaculate box hedges containing different salads and vegetables while the flower gardens were a riot of colour. In the evening we shared a 'last supper' back at the Sequoia Centre.
We broke our journey home on Tuesday with a visit to the Motor Museum at Le Mans, where we were able to see many of the old and modern vehicles which have competed on the 24hr course.
I think that we were all tired on our return but we had enjoyed our time in the Loire Valley, and we look forward to welcoming our friends from Corné when they visit us in Headley next year.
Vive le jumelage!