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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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Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre
Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

In March 2017, a unique centre of art opened in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours. Aiming to bring contemporary art to all, the new centre opened the doors of its brand new state of the art building, a fitting home for modern art. Designed by architects Aires Mateus in […]

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Chedigny Rose Village, Loire Valley France

Written by on June 27, 2016 in Centre
Chedigny Rose Village, Loire Valley France

Chedigny is a sleepy little village that gently resides in the heart of the Loire Valley. You might miss it if you blink as you go through even though it is incredibly pretty and typically, quintessentially French. However, every year the tiny town bursts into life and becomes one of the most popular places in […]

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The Voluptuous Chateau de Valencay

Written by on June 13, 2016 in Centre
The Voluptuous Chateau de Valencay

There once stood a most forbidding fortress in the Loire Valley, built in the 12th Century in the town of Valencay, on the borders of Touraine and Berry. There is now a most enchanting Chateau in that spot as, thanks to good fortune and the monetary fortune of a bride who married the local lord who […]

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Sancerre Wine Fair in the Loire

Written by on February 29, 2016 in Centre
Sancerre Wine Fair in the Loire

In May, don’t miss the Sancerre Wine Fair: all the wines of Sancerre are brought together in one place for delicious tastings. It’s a unique occasion to discover the latest vintages and taste wines from different vineyards within the same official wine district. More than 400 wines are available to taste in the wine cellars […]

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Living the Good Life | Expats in the Loire

Written by on December 15, 2015 in Centre, Expats in France
Living the Good Life | Expats in the Loire

Expat Brits in the Loire with a captivating manor house  and sublime taste in interior design… As an interior designer and antique dealer, Rosemary Conquest from London travelled all over France sourcing material. She and her husband Richard loved their trips and in 2006 they decided to move to France and chose the Loire Valley […]

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La Fleche France

Written by on September 30, 2015 in Centre
La Fleche France

Situated half way between Angers and Le Mans in the Sarthe department, La Fleche is a colourful and buzzing little town that nestles on the banks of the River Loir in the Vallée du Loir (which translates as the Valley of the Dormouse), and no, it’s not a spelling mistake, it’s next to the Loire (with […]

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Safari France at La Fleche Zoo

Written by on July 8, 2015 in Centre, Theme Parks
Safari France at La Fleche Zoo

There are plenty of places to stay in La Flèche, Sarthe, not far from Le Mans,  from gorgeous b&bs, hotels and gites. There is even a free place to park your camper van (with free electricity) right on the pretty river front. However for something completely different and slightly wild you can sleep in La […]

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Chateau de Pray Loire Valley

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Centre
Chateau de Pray Loire Valley

Chateau de Pray – An evocative taste of history in the Loire Valley Driving through the vineyards and orchards of the Loire Valley, gasps can’t be controlled at the sight of historic châteaux that one may only visit as a tourist. Then there are smaller, intriguing châteaux where one is welcomed to enjoy a unique […]

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