IMG_2278The Bellevue is not too bad but suffers from early morning street cleaning and other extraneous noises. You also want to be at the rear of the hotel, away from the road and the afternoon sun, it's cheaper too.

The forecast today is much cooler which will be welcome although the suggested showers may not be.

IMG_2289Our first port of call is the wonderful Chateau Cheverny, beautifully maintained and groomed. Just an excellent chateau experience. Lunch there is less good, just expensive, and there are an array of alternatives just outside that I suspect are better and cheaper.

The run north to Dreux is not so interesting despite several detours, most notably to Maintenon (just NE of Chartres). The country is all given over to cropping of various sorts and the hedgerows are all long gone with ginormous fields of maize and such like. Clearly seriously big business.

Our problem occurs in finding accommodation. Despite starting at 4pm it took us until 7pm with several phone calls to find anywhere to stay for the night. Dreux was a dead loss with several hotels closed and apparently out of business, the remainder all full. The place seems hugely busy so there must be something going on locally.

IMG_2291Anyway Doreen eventually came up with the improbably named Crepuscule in not so nearby Houdon, which we booked sight unseen. Actually it's very good and the Donjon restaurant (the only one we could find open) gave a very good meal albeit rather expensive. A very lucky escape as we were expecting much worse!