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Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

When I was a little girl, I had an idea of what a fairy tale castle would like. It would have towers and turrets and pointy bits. My dream chateau would have grand doors and huge rooms for dancing and partying. It would be filled with flowers. And it would have the most beautiful gardens […]

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What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Written by on January 1, 2019 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Amboise has wow factor by the bucket load. It’s not just the fact that there is a magnificent castle with centuries of history witnessed within it’s walls. It’s not just that the extraordinary Leonardo da Vinci lived his last years here. Or that his home is still there and he is buried in a chapel […]

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The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

Written by on December 6, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

The Chateau d’Anet, in the town of Anet, in the Centre-Val de Loire, 78km from Paris was the family home of Diane de Poitiers. It’s one of the most beautiful chateaux that you’ve probably never heard of… Chateau d’Anet, the home of Diane de Poitiers Diane de Poitiers was the mistress of King Henri II […]

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What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre
What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Chartres is famous for its Gothic cathedral, a majestic masterpiece which totally surpasses expectations in real life. But there’s more to do and see in this ancient town. The best way to visit the ancient streets of Chartres is on foot. A good place to start is the tourist office which is in a Renaissance […]

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Chartres Cathedral France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre
Chartres Cathedral France

The city of Chartres is in the department of Eure-et-Loir, region Centre-Val de Loire, in south west France. It’s famous all over the world for its UNESCO world heritage listed cathedral. No wonder, it is an extraordinary and wondrous gothic masterpiece, a major pilgrimage site to this day. It is the reason why most people […]

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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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