(title "loire valley")
  (file "loire")
  (created "May 4, 2002")
      "I spent a week in the city of Tours in the Loire Valley, and rode a "
      "dinky little rental bike around the valley for a couple of days to "
      "see some of the ch" (& "acirc") "teaux.")
      "Some pictures from the bike rides:")
      (image ("horiz") "haas")
      (image ("horiz") "colors")
      (image ("horiz") "yellow"))
      "The Chenonceau ch" (& "acirc") "teau, over the Cher river. During "
      "WWI, the corridor was used as an infirmary for wounded soldiers. "
      "During WWII, the dividing line between French Vichy territory and "
      "German occupation cut through the middle of the ch" (& "acirc")
      "teau. There were German soldiers in the occupied half of the ch"
      (& "acirc") "teau, but some people actually managed to escape by "
      "passing through the southern entrance.")
      (image ("horiz") "chenonceau")
      (image ("horiz") "house"))
      (image ("vert") "couloir"))
      "Okay, so, I am a bad person. I was not supposed to take flash "
      "photographs of any of the tapestries, and despite the guilt in the "
      "pit of my stomach, I waited until the guards passed on to other "
      "floors to take the pictures. It was all in the name of art "
      "appreciation, I swear!")
      "These two tapestries are called The Triumph of Charity (left) and "
      "The Triumph of Force (right). Maybe I shouldn't have even bothered "
      "taking the pictures, because you have to see tapestries in person "
      "to appreciate them. But I still think they make pretty cool "
      "graphics, too.")
      (image ("horiz") "charite")
      (image ("horiz") "force"))
      "Meanwhile, French politics are in an uproar because in the primary "
      "elections, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a member of the extreme right Front "
      "National, got the second most number of votes, so the final "
      "elections on the 5th will be between the current president, Chirac, "
      "and Le Pen. There have been demonstrations all over France against "
      "Le Pen.")
      (image ("vert") "lepen"))
      "The Ch" (& "acirc") "teau d'Amboise, just east of Tours along the "
      "Loire. This one has some pretty amazing history to go along with "
      "it. Some Protestants who were found guilty of conspiracy were "
      "hanged from the balcony of the ch" (& "acirc") "teau, which looks "
      "out over the town. This is one of the events that led to the Edict "
      "of Nantes, I believe.")
      (image ("vert") "amboise"))
      (image ("horiz") "amboise_tap1")
      (image ("horiz") "amboise_tap2"))