Wednesday, 23 March 2016 of the most beautiful villages in France.

One of 'Les-Plus-Beaux-Villages-de-France',Gargilesse-Dampierre is in the department of Indre here in Centre-Val de Loire. Sitting to the east of the valley of the river Creuse it is classified as one of "The most beautiful villages of France" and it is indeed a pretty place. 

`Walking through this Berry village's delightful streets you are following in the footsteps of George Sand who fell under the charms of the village, She has been followed by many painters who have also been seduced by the picturesque surroundings.This strong artistic heritage is now reflected in the many art galleries around the village.

The back of many of its houses sit dramatically on the edge of the river Gargilesse from where the village takes its name.

The chateau in the village now plays host to a contemporary art gallery.An in-depth history of the chateau can be seen here

The dovecote of the chateau serves as a tourist office during the summer months.

 Another attraction in the village is the 12th century Romanesque Church of Notre Dame with its large crypt decorated with fresco paintings from the 12th and 15th century plus a statue of the Virgin Mary bought back from the crusades by a Lord of Gargilesse. You can read more about the church here on this blog

Festival of Plants at Chateau de Bourdaisiere..

Festival of Plants at Chateau de Bourdaisiere

Festival of Plants and Hens (yes hens) is on the 26th, 27th and 28th March, 2016 from 10.00am to 7.00pm at the Chateau de Bourdaisière,

Monday, 21 March 2016

Springing into Tours...

Tours was a busy place at the weekend with its markets and wine fare though some stall holders were easily distracted.

Spring was bursting out around us.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Fete des Plantes...Cheverny

Festival of Plants at Chateau de Cheverny

19th and 20th March 2016 The festival is on both days from 10.00am until 6.30pm with an admission charge of €6, and free for the disabled and under-18s. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wine tasting in Tours...Bourgueil 2015 vintage

This Saturday (19th ) fifty winemakers from Bourgueil will be decanting themselves to the city of Tours for the day,setting out their stalls along Boulevard Heurteloup.

After buying your tasting glass (€ 2) you are invited to taste their 2015 vintage from 10.00am until 7.00pm  
More information 

Why not make a day of it and also take in some of the sites of this fine city

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Starry starry nights, in the Loire Valley...

Not only do we get beautiful sunsets here in Centre Val de Loire but often the night skies are as awesome...with little light pollution looking skywards can be a delight. These beautiful  night skies were captured by Vivien Bluteau in Barrou in Southern Touraine.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Loire Valley sunsets...

We are blessed here in the Loire Valley with sunsets that are as varied as they are beautiful and they continue to delight throughout the seasons.

February sunset in Barrou in Southern Touraine
Sun setting over the river at Sully-sur-Loire

sunset behind the chateau in Le Grand Pressigny

Big sky near Paylmy in Southern Touraine

Last rays of sun 

Orange glow over Touraine
Sunset over the river Creuse