Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The little people can be found in...





On the front of one of the half-timbered houses on Rue Marceau in Chinon.



The street hasn't always been called Rue Marceau as this plaque explains.


Monday, 30 March 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this weekend...

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015


Saint Cyr sur Loire - Specialist coin collectors sale plus Vide-greniers

Azay le Rideau - Professional brocante ( Check out pictures from Last year's here)

Chambourg sur Indre - Vide-greniers 

Chisseaux (Near Chenonceaux)  - Vide-greniers 

Saint Pierre des Corps -  Vide-greniers 

Sainte Maure de Touraine -  Vide-greniers 

Brocantes / vide-greniers explained here

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Priory Saint-Cosme re-opens...




After more than a year's work the new gardens and a new itinerary for visitors were unveiled to the public back in February (2015). This work included the restoration of walls, updating the pathways and an array of new plants for the contemporary gardens which seek to capture the essence of the poet Ronsard in what was his former residence. See more here

Friday, 20 March 2015

Something for the weekend...


There is a book fair at Sainte-Maure de Touraine

Brocantes:

SAINT ETIENNE DE CHIGNY  Vide greniers

TOURS  Brocante (professional)

Boulevard Beranger 7h-19h


Monday, 16 March 2015

A visit to the monthly Chinon brocante...


Visited the monthly brocante (3rd Sunday of the month) at Chinon on Sunday  Its location on the Promenade des Docteurs Mattrais (opposite the place Jeanne d'Arc) on the banks of the river Vienne is ideal.


If you are on holiday in the Loire Valley during the third Sunday of any month then it would be worth saving a visit to the town for when the brocante is on






Most of the exhibitors are professionals with a lot of quality products...





...but there are still some interesting objects on sale.






The medieval town of Chinon in the Loire Valley is well worth a visit with or without the brocante being on.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Something for the weekend...



Brocantes this weekend in Touraine...

Saturday 14th March  flea market at Tours

Sunday 15th March at Chinon and Saint Patrice

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Weekend's brocantes...





Brocantes this weekend in Touraine...

Saturday 7th March  at  Charnizay

Sunday 8th March at Amboise and Manthelan

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Local pastime...just what is a brocante market?

If you choose to come to the Loire Valley for you holidays one of the events you should try and experience is a local 'brocante' (pronounced 'bro-cahnt' - think car-boot or flea market).


Throughout the year almost every town has a day set aside for these. Also called 'vide greniers' (literally, empty your attic) these events give local people the chance to sell-off previously loved possessions, family heirlooms, things they have forgotten to throw away plus quite frankly, as is our experience, anything they can turn into a few centimes.


They are often joined by professionals adding a great mix of products for even the keenest bargain hunters.  .


You can find out where to find a local brocante here