Pays de la Loire

Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire
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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Unique Culinary Vacations with La Vie du Château in France

Unique Culinary Vacations with La Vie du Château in France

There can be little that is more fun and more fabulous than taking a cookery lesson in a château in France – a land where gastronomy is UNESCO listed because it’s such an important part of French culture. And there’s nowhere better for an authentic culinary vacation and to experience the art of French living […]

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10 Great Reasons to Visit the Pays de la Loire in 2017

Written by on January 4, 2017 in Pays de la Loire
10 Great Reasons to Visit the Pays de la Loire in 2017

GREAT chateaux and museums, sensational restaurants, new hotels and fabulous wines, a beautiful bay, award winning theme park and a whole lot more. 10 excellent reasons to visit the Pays de la Loire in 2017. 1. Puy du Fou – one of the best theme parks in the world This award winning Vendée theme park, […]

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Les Machines de I’ile Nantes

Written by on August 9, 2016 in Pays de la Loire
Les Machines de I’ile Nantes

Nantes in the Pays de la Loire, is a delightful place to visit. It has been named “the most liveable city in France” and the European Green capitol. The old city is restricted to traffic and is mostly pedestrian. A code is required to enter this section of Nantes at various barriers around the city […]

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The Forest of Bercé

Written by on September 8, 2015 in Pays de la Loire
The Forest of Bercé

The famous, ancient forest of Bercé (Foret de Bercé) is magnificent with its grand trees and even grander history, a place of mystery and shades of green, a place to enjoy a picnic, a wander, pick mushrooms or simply lose yourself in contemplation of its incredible beauty… Trees have been growing here for centuries but it […]

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The wine route Le Loir, Pays de la Loire

Written by on September 2, 2015 in Pays de la Loire, Wine and Drinks
The wine route Le Loir, Pays de la Loire

Chestnut and oak trees, forests, chateaux and grand houses, the river Loir, medieval towns, boulangeries and brasseries – welcome to the Vallée du Loir… We’ve all heard of La Loire with its famous Chateaux and fabulous vineyards but Le Loir, its neighbour is not quite so well known. Literally translated it means the Valley of […]

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Baugé France History and Charm

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Pays de la Loire
Baugé France History and Charm

Baugé France: Baugé is one of those pretty little French towns that make you want to give everything up and move to France to live a relaxed life surrounded by history and where spectacular little cafés seduce you from thinking about real life for as long as you like. Officially “a small town of character”, its appeal […]

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Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Pays de la Loire
Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

There are thousands of chateaux in France, some of them we all know of, like Versailles, others are far less well known. The Chateau de Lude located on the banks of the river Loir, Sarthe, is not as famous as some but it is a quite extraordinary castle. When I stumbled upon it in a […]

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Loire Valley Winter scenes

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Pays de la Loire
Loire Valley Winter scenes

Winter brings a special romance to the Loire Valley. Take a gentle drive along the route of the Dukes of Anjou and enjoy the magic, as the river conjures castles and churches out of the mist. Award winning writer photographer Jane Gifford discovers the magic of the Loire in winter… On the rue des Ducs […]

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Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Pays de la Loire
Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

The annual light show Le Mans is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy an evening in the town throughout the summer months. Known as the Nuit des Chimères, this free event is a must see for all visitors to Le Mans says expat in the area, Susan Keefe… Annual Light Show Le […]

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