Pays de la Loire

Laval, Mayenne Pays de la Loire

Written by on July 18, 2018 in Pays de la Loire
Laval, Mayenne Pays de la Loire

The department of Mayenne is in the Pays de la Loire and its capital is Laval. It’s the sort of town where you immediately feel you can relax and chill out, a little bit sleepy, a lot friendly. There are excellent restaurants serving fabulous local produce, one of the best markets in France, chateaux galore […]

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Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire
Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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What to see and do in Saumur Loire Valley

Written by on January 31, 2018 in Pays de la Loire
What to see and do in Saumur Loire Valley

Saumur is a tranquil sort of town with a friendly ambience. It’s a great place for those who love culture, history, beautiful architecture, wine and great French cuisine. And, let’s face it, it doesn’t get much more tempting than that does it?! History of Saumur 5000 years ago there were settlers here and just 2km […]

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How to spend a weekend in Angers in the Loire Valley

Written by on August 10, 2017 in Pays de la Loire
How to spend a weekend in Angers in the Loire Valley

This buzzing city of more than 150,000 souls is highly regarded as urban friendly, full of fun, lively with festivals and street theatre. It’s certainly worthy of its accolade as one of the greenest cities in France. It also has a multi-era legacy of stunning architecture; a history that saw it as the pre-Revolution capital […]

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Where Cointreau is made | Angers France

Written by on July 11, 2017 in Pays de la Loire, Wine and Drinks
Where Cointreau is made | Angers France

I call myself a Cointreau fan. I’ve enjoyed many a “blue moon”  (Cointreau with lemonade and a dash of lime) in my time, so when I went to Angers, in the heart of the Loire Valley, and discovered Cointreau are based there,  I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to go and see how it’s […]

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Leonardo da Vinci and the French Connection

Written by on June 14, 2017 in Pays de la Loire
Leonardo da Vinci and the French Connection

Just how did it come about that Leonardo da Vinci, giant of the Italian Renaissance, ended his days in Amboise, France? The short answer is that he had no option. Unwell, nearing the end of his life, Leonardo was down on his luck in Rome. Homeless and jobless he was living on handouts from friends. Proud, over […]

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Life on the Loire River – A Glimpse into the Past

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Pays de la Loire, Tours in France
Life on the Loire River – A Glimpse into the Past

Living in the Loire Valley of France is like living in the midst of an abandoned fairy tale. Though the knights on horseback and the feuding kings of medieval times are long gone, the shadows they left behind conjure the magic of days gone by. You’ll find yourself constantly amazed at the enchanting villages you […]

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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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