Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Date for the diary...




Sunday 12th June, garden party on the square behind the church, a large garden with horticultural sales, exhibitions, nurseries, garden items. You may well be invited to participate in a scarecrow contest. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Previewing a 'remarkable garden' of the Loire Valley

Australian guests who stayed at 'Les Balcons',a holiday rental home in Le Grand-Pressigny, missed out on a visit to the 'Chedigny Rose Festival' as they had to leave for the next part of their travel adventure, What they did do however was visit the village days before the festival and probably got to see it looking its best in preparation for the thousand of visitors this weekend.





Thursday, 26 May 2016

FESTIVAL DES ROSES À CHÉDIGNY 2016


CHÉDIGNY ROSE FESTIVAL


This weekend is the perfect time to visit the beautiful village of Chédigny here in the Loire Valley as it will be in full bloom for its annual 'Rose Festival'.You will find around sixty exhibitors participating in the festival: rose growers, nursery growers plus artisans related to the garden. The local artists of the village open their studios and welcome the work of painters, sculptors, potters and photographers. The streets come alive with musicians and street artists –something for everyone…go along and smell the roses!


If you can't make it this weekend don't worry as the village is charming all the year round.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Something for the weekend...


VITILOIRE 2016 ,TOURS 28th & 29th MAY



CELEBRATE THE WINES AND GASTRONOMY OF 

THE LOIRE VALLEY




Vitiloire, Tours celebrates wines of the Loire Valley May 28th and 29th 2016
Saturday from 10h to 19h - Sunday from 10h to 18h 
place de la Gare - Boulevard Heurteloup - Garden Prefecture
 
On the occasion of Vitiloire , Tours, in the heart of one of the great wine regions, welcomes nearly 150 winemakers for the weekend.



It's right in the city centre, on the Boulevard Heurteloup , Station Square and in the garden of the Prefecture, the public is invited to discover the diversity and richness of the Loire wines represented by 70 AOC. 

There is also a market and gourmet village  dedicated to the gastronomy of Touraine  where you can taste the famous goat’s cheese of Sainte-Maure, rillettes, Foie gras and even local beers.

Whether you are experts or amateurs, come and relax, share, discuss, enjoy our wines - Saturday, 28th and Sunday 29th May.



Sunday's brocantes in Touraine...




Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 29th  May

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


AZAY LE RIDEAU  Brocante de L'ile **

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

LIGNIERES DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers **

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE Brocante **

MONTS  Vide-greniers ?

RIGNY USSE  Vide-greniers *
à 282 km

SAINT CHRISTOPHE SUR LE NAIS  Vide-greniers *

SAUNAY  Vide-greniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Turpenay *

TOURS  Vide-greniers Place de Beaujardin ***

VILLANDRY  Vide-greniers-bourse à la puériculture **

Other departments: Source : http://brocabrac.fr/







Thursday, 19 May 2016

Live music in Touraine...Angie Palmer

Saturday, May 21st at 9 PM
'La Bonne Dame' Champigny-sur-Veude



From their site:

"But what is 'La Bonne Dame' exactly? After a year of operation, we can redefine the mind more precisely. It is above all a friendly place where you can meet and talk, play, drink, listen to music eat a dish of the day or on the go ... all mostly no frills and with a smile!"


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

This weekend's brocantes in Touraine...





Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 21st May

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


FONDETTES  Vide grenier / bric à brac ***


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 22nd  May

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

AZAY SUR CHER  Les 26èmes puces ***

BEAULIEU LES LOCHES  Brocante de la Trinité **

BLERE  Brocante vide-greniers **

CHAMBON  Premier Vide Grenier ?

DOLUS LE SEC  Vide-greniers ?

HOMMES  Brocante-vide Grenier **

JOUE LES TOURS  9° Vide-grenier de L'alouette **

LOUANS  Brocante Vide-greniers **

LUYNES  Vide grenier ***

MANTHELAN  Brocante, vide-greniers ?

NEUVILLE SUR BRENNE  Vide-greniers *

NOUATRE  Vide greniers brocante **

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers Boulevard Paul Langevin ***

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers école Marceau Courier ***


TOURS  Vide grenier Rue molière **

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Walking in the Loire Valley...


One of the great things about the Centre-Val de Loire region, like most of France, is the diversity of its countryside. This makes for some great walking experiences, you can start of at the centre of a picturesque village walk through fields of wild flowers in open countryside and on to forest lanes. The region also has great rivers in the Loire and its tributaries giving the walker a different perspective with valleys and riverbanks rich in flora and fauna. Another popular ramble is among the vines of one of the many vintners where there are opportunities to learn about as well as taste the delightful wines of the region. 









You can see some examples of walks in Southern Touraine here:

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Weekends brocantes in Touraine...



Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 14th May

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


BRIDORE  Troc'plantes et vide-grenier *

LIGUEIL  Brocante Vide-greniers *

TOURS  Vide-greniers Les Deux Lions **

VERNEUIL SUR INDRE  Vide Château

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 15th  May

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

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 8th May

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


ANCHE  Vide-greniers **

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide-greniers, brocante ***

BALLAN MIRE  Vide-greniers ***

CANGEY  Broc jardin

CHATEAU RENAULT  Brocante ****

CHINON  Brocante mensuelle **

CRISSAY SUR MANSE  Foire aux greniers ***

GIZEUX  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

LA CHAPELLE AUX NAUX  Brocante **

LA CHAPELLE BLANCHE SAINT MARTIN  Brocante vide-greniers **

LOCHES  Marché du chineur - Brocante Vide-greniers **

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers ***

SAINTE MAURE DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers *

SAVIGNY EN VERON  Vide-greniers-bric à brac **

TOURS  Vide Grenier léo Lagrange Tours Nord *

TOURS  Vide-greniers Colbert ***

Monday, 9 May 2016

What's on in May in the Loire Valley,France

Four out of France’s eleven public holidays fall in May so there tends to be a lot of events on offer…you can see a few of them here on our website.

There are a couple of opportunities to sample the delights of the wines of the region.

Vouvray wine fair

Vouvray Wine Fair (Foire aux vins)

Discover the wines of Vouvray presented by a variety of local winemakers in the heart of the troglodyte  caves ‘de la Bonne Dame’ a great experience – try not to be the nominated driver!.
Visitors can also enjoy gourmet specialties to accompany the wines.
Free entry. Tasting glass is € 3.00 on site.   10 am -7 pm
Location: Vouvray - Caves de la Bonne Dame




Official website






28th & 29th May 


Vitiloire, Tours celebrates wines of the Loire Valley May 28th and 29th 2016
Saturday from 10h to 19h - Sunday from 10h to 18h 
place de la Gare - Boulevard Heurteloup - Garden Prefecture
 
On the occasion of Vitiloire , Tours, in the heart of one of the great wine regions, welcomes nearly 150 winemakers for the weekend.



It's right in the city centre, on the Boulevard Heurteloup , Station Square and in the garden of the Prefecture, the public is invited to discover the diversity and richness of the Loire wines represented by 70 AOC. 

There is also a market and gourmet village  dedicated to the gastronomy of Touraine  where you can taste the famous goat’s cheese of Sainte-Maure, rillettes, Foie gras and even local beers.

Whether you are experts or amateurs, come and relax, share, discuss, enjoy our wines - Saturday, 28th and Sunday 29th May.


Friday, 6 May 2016

Chateau du Grand-Pressigny...Centre-Val de Loire


The entrance to the chateau at Le Grand-Pressigny showing the courtyard which offers great views over the village.

Open for business...Chateau de l'Islette in the Loire Valley


Chateau de l'Islette which sits slightly upriver from its more famous neighbour, Chateau Azay le Rideau is also well worth a visit with an interesting interior plus a beautiful lake and gardens. It opened its doors for season 2016 on the 1st May.


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Brocantes in Touraine...Sunday 8th May



Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 8th May

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


CHAMPIGNY SUR VEUDE -  Brocante Vide-greniers Champigny sur Veude *

CINQ MARS LA PILE  Vide grenier ****

MONTBAZON  Vide-greniers *****

POCE SUR CISSE  Brocante vide-greniers ***

TOURS, Centre commercial Leclerc Tours Nord  Vide-greniers ***




Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Exhibition at Chateau Villandry 'An English artist and the Châteaux of the Loire'




Until 30th May

The countryside of Centre - Val de Loire (Loire Valley)

Driving through the countryside here in Centre - Val de Loire you are constantly reminded of what a beautiful region it is, as you turn a corner or come out from with the trees many a pleasant site awaits you.

This is the view as you drive down from Le Grand-Pressigny into the Creuse valley and Barrou in Southern Touraine...

Looking towards Barrou


Looking back towards Le Grand-Pressigny

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Tours Fair...


The largest regional event in the heart of the Loire Valley ‘La Foire de Tours’ brings together a diverse range of over 700 exhibitors offering advice and products with most sectors of business activities represented.

The Fair also blends tradition and conviviality via its Gastronomic Village and  the Marché Gourmand offering unique tastes and flavours with this year’s theme being ‘Italy

TOURS’ FAIR 2016

From 7 to 16 May  - Tours Exhibition Centre.

Open 10am until 8.00pm
         Free admission and parking.