We started our day Saturday with a picnic near the old abbey in Longpont, a town about 15 minutes from where we live.
After exploring the village - which didn't take long, given that it may be even smaller than our own village - we went to visit the ruins of the Château de Fère, at Fère-en-Tardenois. This town should be about 40 minutes from where we live, but we took mappy.com's suggested directions. In following those, we ended up with closed roads and detours, so it took us quite a bit longer than planned and a number of U-turns before we finally found the castle ruins. We did find them, though! And we have made a mental note to buy a map of the region before our next outing!
(thanks to JL for these 2 photos!)
After the castle, we drove back to the house -- this time we took the longer, but much more straightforward route! We had Burgundy fondue for dinner and enjoyed the sunshine and our new patio furniture. We had a great weekend - and you can look forward to at least this much fun if you come visit us!