Saturday was the hottest day. The temperatures reached an unprecedented 40 degrees. To have lunch in a real vaulted cave was the coolest idea! We walked down to a most unusual restaurant, “Les Caves de la Genevraie”, where we were served exclusively local food: potted shredded meat, fresh butter, white beans, crispy meat called "rillauds" and mushrooms grown in the nearby caves, served in a hot bun called a "fouée" made in the wood fire oven on the site. We were invited to walk through the whole site and watch the baker working and placing the dough in the oven. It was really good to discover these delicious homemade regional specialities, especially when washed down by a selection of local wines and “bubbles”.
After the culinary experience, we pursued a more “down to earth” discovery of the local culture with a tour of the Rochemenier Troglodyte Village, the most comprehensive troglodytic site of the Loire Valley plains. We were lucky to be guided by Victor Leray, the former curator of the open air museum. Victor gave us an insight into what life was like for its inhabitants and provided details about family life, weddings, hunting ravens, even children’s toys. We visited about twenty rooms over a huge surface and saw two farms, outbuildings housing silos, a wine press, tools, authentic furniture, period photos and an underground chapel. It was a very interesting and enriching experience. Thank you, Victor for your time and passion!