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What to see and do in Orleans, Loire Valley

Written by on July 19, 2019 in Centre
What to see and do in Orleans, Loire Valley

Julius Caesar was here. The English were here, and because of that, Joan of Arc was here. It seems throughout history, Orleans in the Loire Valley has established its place as a principal city in France (and it was the most important city after Paris during the 10th and 11th Centuries). While today most people […]

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7 things to do in Tours in the Loire Valley

Written by on July 19, 2019 in Centre
7 things to do in Tours in the Loire Valley

There’s a whole lot to see and do in Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley. It’s easy to reach from Paris by train and provides a great base to visit the area. There are several of the major Loire Valley Chateaux nearby and you can organise a tour by coach or mini bus […]

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Where to eat out in Tours Loire Valley

Written by on May 16, 2019 in Centre
Where to eat out in Tours Loire Valley

Tours has many restaurants to choose from but we’ve picked just a few which the locals recommend. Top of the wine list are the local Touraine wines. Choose from fruity reds, lively and aromatic whites, fresh and delicate rosés and superb sparkling wines. So, if you want to know where to eat out in Tours – […]

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What to see and do in historic Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley

Written by on May 16, 2019 in Centre
What to see and do in historic Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley

Tours in the department of Centre is the gateway city to the Loire Valley. It makes for a great base to visit the area. But, it’s a terrific place to visit in its own right with wide and grand avenues, a charming old town and Haussmanesque style architecture mixed with medieval, Renaissance and modern. In […]

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The French Renaissance in the Loire Valley

Written by on January 31, 2019 in Centre
The French Renaissance in the Loire Valley

2019 sees a major celebration of the French Renaissance heritage in the Loire Valley and the Centre-Val de Loire region.  We look at what sparked the French Renaissance and how the key date of 1519 marks the 500th anniversary with a rich programme of events and celebration… What is the French Renaissance? The finale of […]

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What to see and do in Amboise, Loire Valley

Written by on January 1, 2019 in Centre
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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