Steve Martin
Steve Martin
Time to Reflect on 2009.....
Friday, 31 August 2007

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!

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