When Mick Jagger likes to relax in France, he comes to the Touraine region in France in a sleepy little backwater where he can relax with his family and friends preferring the simple life.
Art historian, John Richardson commented: “I’ve stayed with Mick at his chateau, La Fourchette, and that’s where you see a very different Mick. He got Alvilde Lees-Milne to lay out a marvellous formal walled garden and he became completely part of the garden, knew every single thing about all the plants, the flowers, the way the fruit trees were espaliered.
“There is nothing contrived about his wonderful country-house life. Big trestle tables under the chestnut trees, with nanny and kids at one end and adults at the other – the children having buns, the adults smoking joints. Absolute paradise. I remember Mick was training for one of his tours there too – he used a dead straight local stretch of country road so he could practise running backwards very fast. You’d see a French farmer resting on his shovel or his hoe, watching the head of Mick Jagger above the hedge going back and forth, very fast, backwards.”