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The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Written by on January 9, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Everyone who visits the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley comes away with a memory of the exquisite gardens, the impossibly romantic white stone castle over a river with its pointy towers and arched bridge – and especially of the flower displays in every room… Jean-François Bouchet is the florist extraordinaire who creates and […]

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The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

Written by on January 8, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

The Chateaux in the Loire were created to be second homes and visual symbols of power and wealth. Those who owned chateaux didn’t usually live in them permanently, there are some exceptions, but on the whole, owners visited them rarely, taking their possessions with them. Unlike today when owners furnish their holiday homes, in the […]

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Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Wine and Drinks
Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

“I believe that great happiness awaits those men who are born where good wines are to be found” – Leonardo da Vinci. Well you can’t disagree with him I think, especially in France. Leonardo lived out his last years in the Loire Valley at Amboise. There at the invitation of Francis I, King of France, […]

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The gardens of the Chateau du Clos Lucé Loire Valley

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre
The gardens of the Chateau du Clos Lucé Loire Valley

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent the last three years of his life at the Chateau du Clos Lucé in the Loire. He was the guest of Francis I, King of France, who was fascinated by the arts and inspired by the great Italian painter. The gardens of the Chateau du Clos Lucé After you’ve visited […]

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Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Amboise in the Loire is dominated by a grand chateau. The turrets of Amboise castle reach high into the sky and its windows give impressive views over the ancient town. A few minutes’ walk away is a much smaller chateau, far less grand. It was the home of an artist who changed the world with […]

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The magnificent Abbey Fontevraud in the Loire

Written by on December 26, 2017 in Centre
The magnificent Abbey Fontevraud in the Loire

The royal Abbey at Fontevraud has to be one of the most beautiful abbeys in all of France – and there are a lot of them. Historic, immense and absolutely magnificent, the UNESCO World heritage site listed abbey is the largest in Europe and is one of those places that you must see when you’re […]

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The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

The Chateau de Brissac is a privately owned home that had been in the same family since 1502 – May 26th to be precise! It was bought by a French lord by the name of Brissac and it’s lived in today by his descendants. This chateau, the tallest in France, is set in gorgeous grounds […]

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The absolutely best Loire Valley tours 

Written by on November 16, 2017 in Centre, Tours in France
The absolutely best Loire Valley tours 

The Loire Valley is peppered with chateaux of all shapes and sizes and if you love castles – there’s no better place to explore. The Loire Valley is also home to magnificent vineyards, glorious countryside, enchanting little villages, historic cities and fabulous markets. It’s known as the garden of France, the Valley of the Kings […]

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Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Tours in France
Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

In days long gone, wallpaper was made by hand. It was time consuming and specialist and these days wallpaper is made by machines. But, there are still two companies left in France where the 17th century hand and wood block form of printing is still used as it has been for hundreds of years. Atelier […]

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The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Quirky Stuff
The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Most people visit the Loire Valley for its stunning chateaux, wonderful vineyards, historic cities, gorgeous gardens and beautiful villages. But for something different you might like to pop to the Fondation du Doute (which translates as the Fondation of Doubt) in Blois. In the shadow of the castle that dominates this town, you can’t miss […]

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