Thursday, 14 December 2017

Something for the weekend - Amboise Marche de Noel

Amboise Christmas market is this weekend.

Place Michel Debré and Castle Tunnel - Friday 15th until Sunday 17th.
Three days for the pleasure of the eyes and taste buds and for your Christmas shopping. 
Gourmet Market: Discover and taste the flavours of Christmas, oysters, foie gras, local wines, Christmas beer, mulled wine, German pastries and enjoy the food court. 
Art Crafts: Creations presented by artisans with wooden toys, lights, textiles, jewellery, hats, books, pottery, glassware ... 
Music will animate the market Sunday afternoon. 
Free admission. Website

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Loches morning market today...

Samples of cheese and sausages on sstall at Loches market

Today is market day at Loches where you will have the added benefit of seeing the town decked out for the festive period and don't forget to go back on Sunday for their 'Marche de Noel'.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tuesday for towns in the Loire Valley - Sancerre

Sancerre in the department of Cher in Centre-Val de Loire is famous for its wines but if you asked anyone outwith Europe or indeed France actually where it is geographically we doubt if many could answer. Most would offer 'the Loire Valley' as their answer but that only begs the question 'where exactly is the Loire Valley'? We attempt to answer this on our homepage. Having been promoting this beautiful region for the last 10 years we find it difficult to understand its marketing strategies. We do *understand its desire to hang on to its traditions but to split its region into the old traditional names (Touraine,Berry,Sologne) to promote its tourism outside of France must surely confuse the potential visitor? 

Our page on Sancerre may help a little...but we can't promise anything! 

* Oddly enough we have fully embraced 'La Touraine' where we are based and think a solution would be to simply (in France?) change our name to 'Touraine Val de Loire'

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday's Loire Valley chateau, Chateau d'Usse

Chateau d'Usse was apparently the inspiration for Charles Perrault's 'The Sleeping Beauty' after a visit to the château. Its turrets and towers are certainly fairytale-esque and on first view as you approach are a delight!

There is much detail both outside and in...

with the owners trying to bring it to 'life' by strategically placing mannequins in different parts of the building, the most popular being those of the sleeping beauty herself in the tower. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017