How quickly things have changed. The slow dial up connection when we first arrived here 15 years ago, now that seems more like a caveman chipping at his tablet of stone. People still live in caves, but with modern comforts, in this part of the Loire Valley, but things have moved on fast for everyone.
We live in an exciting world, where we can fly over our house with Google maps, visit the chateaux from our sofa and plan a walk around Saumur whilst sitting in the garden on an iPod touch, phone or tablet.
At Les Mortiers there is a wireless connection to all our properties, ipod docks and phone signals and wifi that works all around.
Previously, we wished for a high speed internet connection like the sophisticated folk who lived in the towns and it took a while before it finally arrived at Parcay Les Pins. Guests ran around waving mobile phones in the air to get a signal. The meaning of ‘mobile’ meant being mobile, climbing steps, venturing on to the raised filter bed or even driving to an area where there was half reasonable reception.
So here are just a few applications I’ve found which you might like to try when preparing for your holiday – or just enjoy a virtual holiday to brighten the day.
In French, but some planned walks around Saumur which are easy to follow. It is mainly written in English and packed with local information and history, maps and photographs. It seems to have lots of potential to be a very useful app. when more is added to it.
iTunes Search: Saumur Touristic’Tour
Chateaux de la Loire
Mainly in French, but a list of 66 chateaux and the distance to each from your location with links to the websites for most of the chateaux. Fun to use.
iTunes Search – Vallée des Rois Tour
Henry II king of England and count of Anjou, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine along with their son King Richard the Lionheart were buried at Fontevraud Abbey although it is rumoured the remains were removed during the French Revolution. Fontevraud Abbey is the largest collection of monastic buildings in France. This app. gives a tour of the Abbaye and a rather complicated Agenda (Events List) which is best skipped. Do not be put off by the French text as there are three good videos.
iTunes Search: Fontevraud
and they are all free!
Finally a Cellar is a ‘must have’ for visitors to France
We have found the app. Cellar is invaluable for cataloguing our wine and a very useful reference to look at stocks when we are tempted to overbuy – it even gives statistics and a total value of your collection! There’s a wish list, a cellar with creaky doors and the good reason for not putting the car in the garage!
iTunes Search – Cellar – manage your wine collection in style at a pocket money price of 4.49 euros
ITunes Search: Cellar Manage your wine