For the holiday weekend Chateau de Chenonceau's floral displays will be set around bouquets of Lily of the Valley.The 1st May is a public holiday here in France, officially
known as ;La Fête du Travail' (National Labour Day) but also called La Fête du
Muguet (Lily of the Valley).
Tradition has it that way back in the 16th century the then king of France was handed a sprig of Lily of the valley as a good luck charm on the first of May and he decided that he should continue the tradition by giving the ladies of the court the same day on proceeding years. Over the weekend you will no doubt be offered a sprig but may have to pay 1€ for the privilege!
the bedroom of Louise of Lorraine is closed to visitors due to conservation
We would love to give you a review of the centre and as we were in the city yesterday we decided to check it out but unfortunately we didn't check out the opening times! Currently it is on 'winter' timings and is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Today the village of Preuilly-sur-Claise in Southern Touraine holds its annual 'Foire de la Saint-Georges' brocante. Visiting brocantes on a weekend is a popular French pastime and one that has also been embraced by people from other countries who have chosen to settle here permanently or have holiday homes. They use them as social occasions and as an opportunity to perhaps find some 'treasure' to add some local 'charm' to their property.
We find that they are also a good day to visit towns or villages as where they may normally be quite quiet, on brocante days they come alive with locals and visitors alike.You can also use it to check out whether the town or village is worth further exploring or indeed a return visit.
Preuilly-sur-Claise is a place that deserves a visit but may not necessarily on everyone's list of things to do in Centre-Val de Loire so explore deeper if you choose to visit its brocante and be sure to explore its little back streets and if open, its glorious abbey church.
Chaumont International Garden Festival opens its doors for business today and even if you are not a gardener it is well worth a visit. We have visited for many consecutive years and have never been disappointed. The featured gardens are always interesting but the permanent displays are worth the walk through as is the art exhibitions...and you also have the chateau to visit.
As you pass through the towns and villages of Centre-Val de Loire, if you have the time, you should pop your head in to the local church. Often the plain exterior can often hide a gem of an interior,this is certainly the case at the church of Notre-Dame in Montbazon just south of Tours.
During the Easter weekend (15th 16th & 17th April) many of the major chateaux of the Loire Valley offer egg treasure hunts for children, of all ages! Rivau with its magical setting may just get our vote as the place to be.
The tourist season has arrived and we are delighted to report that many world travellers are, as ever, choosing to visit Southern Touraine in the Loire Valley in France... with vacation rentals in Le Grand Pressigny and Barrou welcoming Australian and American visitors. You can understand the attraction, for as well as being close to many of the Loire Valley's premier sites they can also sample a taste of rural France and its villages, Whats not to like?
The mill is an authentic 19th century hollow post
mill. Abandoned, the town of the Bléré bought the mill in 2003 after it had
been left to deteriorate since ceasing operations in 1877. They spent years
restoring it and opened it to the public in 2009. The post mill was unique in
that it pivoted on a central post allowing the complete sail structure to rotate to
take advantage of the wind in whatever direction it was blowing.