Friday, 28 April 2017

'Muguet' at Chateau de Chenonceau


For the holiday weekend Chateau de Chenonceau's floral displays will be set around bouquets of Lily of the Valley.The 1st May is a public holiday here in France, officially known as ;La Fête du Travail' (National Labour Day) but also called La Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley).

Tradition has it that way back in the 16th century the then king of France was handed a sprig of Lily of the valley as a good luck charm on the first of May and he decided that he should continue the tradition by giving the ladies of the court the same day on proceeding years. Over the weekend you will no doubt be offered a sprig but may have to pay 1€ for the privilege!

FYI 

Currently the bedroom of Louise of Lorraine is closed to visitors due to conservation work

Bedroom of Louise de Lorraine at Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley


La fête du Thoureil...

FESTIVAL OF THE THOUREIL - TRADITIONAL SAILS AND FESTIVITIES OF LOIRE





Thursday, 27 April 2017

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this holiday weekend, in the Loire Valley...

Touraine...



Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 29th April

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Lamartine ***


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 30th April
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AUTRECHE  Vide Grenier *

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Brocante de l'ile *

BLERE  Vide grenier ***

CHINON  Bric à Brac **

JOUE LES TOURS  Brocante Bric a Brac Fête de la Grande Bruére ***

LE GRAND PRESSIGNY  Brocante ** (cancelled)

MARRAY  Vide-greniers *

RILLY SUR VIENNE  Brocante **
  
SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Vide Grenier ***

SAINT OUEN LES VIGNES  Vide-greniers ***


Brocantes / vide greniers Monday 1st May
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


BALLAN MIRE  5ième Foire aux Plants-plantes/brocante Jardin **

BERTHENAY  Brocante Vide-greniers**

CANGEY  Bric à Brac ****

CHANCEAUX SUR CHOISILLE  Brocante

FERRIERE SUR BEAULIEU  Brocante *

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

MONTS  Vide-greniers ***

PARCAY MESLAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

SAINT BENOIT LA FORET  Brocante **

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers ****

Other departments






Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New attraction in Tours...Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre



We would love to give you a review of the centre and as we were in the city yesterday we decided to check it out but unfortunately we didn't check out the opening times! Currently it is on 'winter' timings and is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Who was Olivier Debre?

You can read his obituary here

Opening times are:

  • 11/03/2017 to 20/05/2017 : from 11:30 to 18:00 (except Monday - Tuesday)
  • 21/05/2017 to 15/09/2017 : from 11:30 to 19:00


Monday, 24 April 2017

Tours, the Loire Valley's favourite city...


Hotel de Ville

We never tire of visiting the city of Tours here in the Loire Valley as it has so much to offer all the 
year round. Springtime brings its own colours to all the major landmarks parks and gardens.

Jardin des Prébendes d'Oé


Gardens of Musee des Beaux-Arts




Rooftops of Chateau de Langeais on the Loire Valley



Chateau de Langeais, one of our favourite castles in one of our favourite towns of the Loire Valley,France.