Well Spoke'n

Exploring the World by Bike


We meet Joan again


This post will arrive in your mailbox a little bit later than usual. I like to write at night before I go to bed but we were home late last night from the best meal we have had in France. Recommended by our hotelier, L’Oceanic in Chinon gets five stars in our books. I would love to tempt and entice you with lovely photos of our meal, but apparently, being a food photographer is harder than one might think. My meal started with a beautifully flavored crab bisque. I can tell you that the photos I took of it and the main course didn’t do them justice.

Continue reading


Jeanne d’Arc – the Maid of Orléans

Orléans is a beautiful city, with a compact but well maintained historical center.

One needs spend little time in Orléans to see the cultural significance of Joan of Arc.  Known as Jeanne d’Arc in France, she is a national hero and was canonized as a Catholic saint in 1920.  Not wanting to sound like a history dissertation, these are some of the highlights of her life.  At the age of 13, in 1425, Joan began to hear voices, which commanded her to go and help the uncrowned French King Charles VII battle the English in the Hundred Years’ War.  The city of Orléans had been under siege by the English and Joan of Arc was instrumental in lifting the siege after nine days.  In 1430, she was captured by English allies and handed over to the English.  She was tried, found guilty, and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19. She is celebrated every year in May in Orléans.  These photos represent just some of the commemorations of her here. She is a fascinating women of French history.

Continue reading