The female half of the two of us has been looking for a French person willing to have a regular conversation, as a method to improve her knowledge of the French language. Too late, on hindsight, she has met (for the insiders: at L’Authentique) this lovely French lady who wants to speak English, so there was a mutual interest. The two women are befriended ever since. Last Monday, only a few days before our planned departure on Wednesday from Roanne we were invited by her and her husband to visit their ‘maison de famille’ in Saint-Marcel-d'Urfé, a small village at a distance of some 30/35 kilometers (20 miles) south/south-west from Roanne. The weather was gorgeous and we had a lovely ride, not using the main roads, from Roanne to Saint-Marcel-d'Urfé. The picture shows the rear side of the house; the two men inspecting the bottles and awaiting the arrival of the two women.