Monday, 29 May 2017

Chedigny Rose Festival 2017

Credit:Connie Barney 2017

We were not able to visit the Chedigny Rose Festival at the weekend due to work commitments but instead went along on Friday assuming preparations would be well under way for the weekend's 'show'. 


We were not disappointed the roses were glorious as we, along with others with the same idea, wound our way through this beautiful village following the scent of the flowers. 












The thing to remember is that Chedigny is worth a visit all year round as it is small enough to stroll around and is pretty in every season. So pretty in fact, that it is the first village in France to be listed as a 'Remarkable Garden'







Sunday, 28 May 2017

Chaumont International Garden Festival review (2017) in pictures



The International Garden Festival at Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire is one of the most popular events of the year here in the Loire Valley. We made our now annual visit on Friday under perfect blue skies and unusually high temperatures for this time of year. The theme for 2017 is 'Flower Power', here are our highlights...



























Our favourite garden - 'Monochrome Blanc'




We loved this year's festival but with the theme being 'Flower Power' disappointing not see a pair of flairs anywhere!

Friday, 26 May 2017

A weekend when you are sure to come up smelling of roses in the Loire Valley

This weekend you have a couple of opportunities to 'smell the roses' by visiting the pretty village of Chedigny and its 'Rose Festival' or the delightful Chateau du Rivau





Chedigny Rose Festival

Patricia Laigneau

La Vie En Roses at Chateau du Rivau

Or on a busy weekend you can taste some rose at the 'Viti Loire'' wine fair in Tours.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Centre-Val de Loire - always surprising.



One of the delights of our region is driving through  the open countryside on quiet roads and stumbling upon quaint little villages which sometimes present you with pleasant surprises...


As in the village of Boussay in Southern Touraine which though very small has a lovely church and this glorious residence, Chateau de Boussay is privately owned but you are allowed to wander through the gates and around its moat and exterior.