Monday, 22 May 2017

Centre - Val de Loire...more than just chateaux...there is 'La Brenne'

Centre - Val de Loire really has something for everyone...for nature lovers it has the vast 166,000 hectares site of bio-diversity that is the 'La Brenne'...the 'land of a thousand lakes' (well actually more)  that sits in the south of the region in the department of Indre'.

Whether you are a bird-watcher, a rambler, a cyclist, or just want to relax by the waters edge - it has it all.

Date for your diary...Chedigny Rose Festival

Poster advertising Chedigny reose festival in the Loire Valley

On the 27th and 28th of May 2017, The Roses Association of Chédigny celebrate the
 'Festival of Roses'. 

10.00am - 7.00pm

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Something for the weekend in Blois

Poster advertising  Mix Terres festival in Blois

This weekend the city of Blois comes alive to the diversity of Music, dance,street art and circus.

From their website: 

"This unmissable event once again honours diversity and diversity through the crossing of arts and cultures. The dance will be represented by Cie XX e  tribe, collective tribal and contemporary influences. An explosive and offbeat mix will be offered with street art with, among others, the companies Mauvais Coton and La Folle Allure. Music will take you to the heart of African, funk-American, Balkan cultures with BCUC, Soul N 'Pepper and Fat Bastard GangBand. The new circus will twirl and fly with the Cie (Dream) 2 , Escale and circo Pintanga."

Sounds like an interesting weekend...full programme here

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Brocantes / vide greniers this weekend in Touraine 20th/21st May

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 20th May

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


JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ?

LA VILLE AUX DAMES  Bourse aux Vêtements d'Enfants, Jouets et Puériculture?

ROCHECORBON  Brocante Vide-greniers **
Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 21st 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 Semi-nocturne ?

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Bourse aux Vêtements, Jouets et Puériculture **

AZAY SUR CHER  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

BALLAN MIRE  Brocante, Vide-greniers **

CHAMBON  Vide-greniers et Fête du Four à Pain ?

CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Salon des Collectionneurs et Création Fait Mains *

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CINQ MARS LA PILE  Vide-greniers ?

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers ***

CORMERY  Bourse aux Jouets et Puériculture *

DOLUS LE SEC  Vide-greniers **

GIZEUX  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers *

LA CROIX EN TOURAINE  Vide-greniers ?


LOUANS  Brocante Vide-greniers **

LUYNES  11eme Vide Grenier **

MONNAIE  Vide Grenier *****

NOUATRE  Brocante Vide-greniers *

RICHELIEU  Vide Grenier **

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Bourse aux Vêtements enfant, Jouets et Puériculture ?

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide Grenier Caritatif *****


TOURS  Brocante Vide Grenier Place Beaujardinv ***

TOURS  Vide-greniers des Rives du Cher *

VEIGNE  1 ier Vide Grenier ***

Monday, 15 May 2017

Get deeper into Centre-Val de Loire...

Village square in Barrou
If you choose to visit this beautiful part of France we encourage you to visit and stay in the delightful Southern Touraine area of the region. Admittedly we are a bit biased having vacation rental houses in Le Grand Pressigny and Barrou but what you get by basing yourself here is the best of both worlds, easy access to the major attractions of the region but without the hoards of tourists. You also get a true French village experience.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Loire Valley church on Sunday...L'eglise Saint-Laurent in Montlouis-sur-Loire

 The church of Saint-Laurent in Montlouis-sur-Loire sits overlooking the mighty Loire river.

It has some impressive stained glass windows... 

the most interesting being the one depicting the bombing of the nearby bridge during WWII

Friday, 12 May 2017

Saturday...another opportunity to visit the market at Loches

These photographs were taken on our visit to the market last Wednesday.

You can also visit the public gardens...

Or take in some of the sites...

St.Oars church.

The Dunjon

River Indre

Saint-Antoine’s Tower

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A date for your diary...

The Loire Valley has many spectacular 'sound and light' shows (son et lumiere) throughout its tourist season but one surprising show is the spectacular event put on by the people of the small village of Ciran in Southern Touraine. This year sees the first of a new show around the theme of dance which will see you transported around the globe to destinations like Cuba,Japan,Russia and Scotland among others.

We would recommend adding theses dates,28th and 29th July, to you diary. You can see our post on last year's event here 

Brocantes / vide greniers this weekend in Touraine 13th/14th May

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 13th May

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

BRIDORE  Vide-greniers Troc Jardins *

SAVIGNY EN VERON  Vide Grenier de l'ape **

TOURS  Vide-greniers Ecole Maryse Bastié **

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 14th May
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AMBILLOU  1er Vide-greniers/brocante ***

BLERE  Vide-greniers *

CIGOGNE  Brocante Vide-greniers*

FONDETTES  Bric à Brac Enfantin **

JOUE LES TOURS  Le Temps d'un Disque - Foire aux Disques Vinyles et CD's *



MARCE SUR ESVES  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

POCE SUR CISSE  Brocante Vide-greniers***

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers ***


TOURS  Vide Grenier 11 rue de Saussure **

TOURS  Vide-greniers Place Beaujardin *

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Colbert ***

VILLANDRY  Vide-greniers ***

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 day in lovely Loches

The Wednesday market in Loches in Southern Touraine draws locals and tourists alike bringing the town alive with sounds and scents. It is a morning market which means that you can stay for lunch afterwards...

and then take in some of the sights.

Or simply go for a stroll through the public gardens

Monday, 8 May 2017

Chateau Azay-le-Rideu...

Check out our updated page for Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

Celebrating a marriage of much inconvenience...

Chateau de Cande is currently advertising an exhibition of 'the marriage of the century', that of Edward, Prince of Wales to the American divorcee Wallis Simpson on June 3rd 1937. Not sure how it differs from the usual excellent display but if you haven't been it is well worth a visit.

From Chateau Cande's website:

"Back on the marriage of the century: the Candé estate proposes you to relive this incredible marriage called “marriage of the century”.
Until June 04th, come to discover this famous marriage as you have never seen it ! New scenography of the castle and other surprises wait for you!"

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Brocantes in Touraine and Loire Valley this weekend 6th/7th May

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 7th May 
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AUZOUER EN TOURAINE  Brocante Vide-greniers *

BOSSEE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

BOURGUEIL  Brocante des Halles *

CHAMPIGNY SUR VEUDE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

CHEILLE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

CORMERY  Foire aux Plants & Vide-grenier **

LOUESTAULT  Vide-greniers *

RICHELIEU  Vide-greniers *

Other departments: Source :

Another date for you diary...Vitaloire Tours, Saturday, 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.

Tours, in the heart of one of France's great wine regions, welcomes nearly 150 winemakers for the weekend.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May the month be with you...

As May is a busy month for public holidays here in France there also tends to be many events organised to keep the holiday makers occupied during their leisure time. We have listed some of the main events on our 'What's on' page but check with your local tourist office for events locally.