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The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

On a hot summer’s night, after dinner at the lovely Hotel Le Grand Monarque in the bijou town of Azay-le-Rideau, I decided to stroll through the town’s pretty little streets. I was sure I could take a peek at the famous Chateau through its ornate iron gates, ahead of a visit planned for the next […]

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What to see and do in Azay-le-Rideau

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre
What to see and do in Azay-le-Rideau

When you visit Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, the number one attraction without a doubt is the Renasissance Chateau. Set on an island in the River Indre, the fairy tale like castle is stunning both inside and out. It’s also worth taking the time to discover the town while you’re there. It’s charming and authentic […]

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The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

Written by on April 7, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

The Chateau de Blois is one of the great castles of the Loire Valley. This beautiful castle is famous for its residents but also because it presents a unique view of the evolution of French chateaux architecture. Buildings dating from the 13th to 17th centuries are set before you. The stone markers of time from […]

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Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire Loire Valley

Written by on March 29, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire Loire Valley

The Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire is stunningly pretty, reminiscent of Disney’s fairy tale castle in Sleeping Beauty. Nestled on the banks of the River Loire In Loire et Cher, it is unique for its presentation of art and the international garden festival that’s held here annually. History of the Chateau de Chaumont The original fortress was […]

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The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

Written by on February 13, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

This is a love story. It’s the tale of a couple who fell in love with an abandoned chateau and have spent the last two decades lovingly restoring it and creating the most magical gardens. Falling in love with a neglected but exquisite Chateau Normally these stories are about expats who can’t resist an abandoned […]

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The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Written by on February 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

The Chateau of Chenonceau is famous for its floral displays. Every room is exquisitely decorated with scented, utterly stunning bouquets made by a master florist in the Chateau’s floral workshop. Of course, all those flowers and fruits used in the spectacular displays have to be grown. Largely the flowers come from the stunning gardens of […]

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The Chateau de Blois Son et Lumiere Show in the Loire Valley

Written by on January 23, 2018 in Centre
The Chateau de Blois Son et Lumiere Show in the Loire Valley

The royal castle of Blois presents a unique outlook on the history of French architecture from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. Around the central courtyard, there are four wings of four different eras: medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classic. It was home to several kings including Louis XII, Francois I, Henry III and Henry IV. […]

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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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