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Thursday 9th Aug 2007 Saumur to Chauvigney via La Rochelle
Up early at Saumur. Shake off the morning dew, coffee in club house, and off with a formation t/off and a fly past down the Loire taking pics of Saumur & its Chateau/castle. We have prior permission to land at La Rochelle, which is a busy commercial airport similar in size to Southampton. BSSA leads and we’re given a hold until it was quiet enough to land. Refueling took forever due to the traditional French lunch break ! A quick taxi ride into town and a delightful afternoon sight seeing. Beautiful old harbour, lovely weather, shady old colonial streets and ancient forts. We fly out in formation that evening up the coast & inland to Chauvigney south east of Poitiers passing a nuclear power station on the way. Chauvigney is a real gem.The level grass strip is on the top of a hill and dates back to the start of French flying, with R.Vienne below and a citadel town a few minutes walk away. The locals at the flying club welcome us, including some English residents. A nice meal that evening in the old town, then into one of the ruined castles where there is a jazz festival…great fun!