Pays de la Loire

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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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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