As much as I like seeing and doing new things, there is often some aspect of personal history calling me. Years back, one summer, I took a road trip through the Loire Valley with my niece and we stayed in some ancient chateaux that rented rooms to tourists. We traipsed, ate and drank while enjoying the many idylls of the region. I had a few cameras along and took numerous photos (even experimenting with filters). The images have been laying in wait for me to examine them and today's frigid temperatures make exploring my archive an especially enjoyable distraction.