Friday, 30 June 2017

Elvis and the Beatles on stage in Centre -Val de Loire?

Well not in person (obviously) but you can hear tibutes to them at the annual 'Festival des Barroudeurs  in the Southern Touraine village of Barrou on Saturday evening (1st July). At only €5.00 great value for money!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this weekend 1st/2nd July, in the Loire Valley.

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 1st July

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

CHAVEIGNES  Brocante **

LA FERRIERE  Brocante Musicale ?

PERRUSSON  Foire à la Brocantec**

TOURS  Vide Grenier Place St-Paul *

VARENNES  Foire du Boudin, Vide-greniers?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 2nd July

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

ABILLY  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

BLERE  Vide-greniers, brocante ***

BOURGUEIL  Brocante Mensuelle *

CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

LANGEAIS  Brocante Vide-greniers **

METTRAY  Vide-greniers ***

NAZELLES NEGRON  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers de Château Fraisier ?


SAINTE MAURE DE TOURAINE  Vide Grenier - Garage Auto ?

SORIGNY  Vide-greniers ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Roger Salengro ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers Ferme de la Milletière ?

TROGUES  Foire aux Vieilleries **

VEIGNE  Vide –greniers ****

Other departments: Source :

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Why July is a great time to visit the Loire Valley in France

We are just about to enter July a month that throws up so many events that you are literally spoilt for choice. Musically you can have classical,jazz,rock,pop,folk even an Irish night! We make no apologies for firstly promoting our local events here in Southern Touraine.  The people of Barrou work very hard every year to bring us 'Les Barrouders' on the banks of the river Creuse, an event that while not Glastonbury, is a credit to the village and its organisers...where else would you get the Beatles and Elvis on the same bill?

Again down to the hard work of the local 'Fete'art Pressignois' and the local community Le Grand-Pressigny presents an evening of music and dancing of a Celtic nature. 

The region offers many 'evening spectaculars' ranging from historical re-enactments in grand chateaux to local performances such as the great show presented by all the people (and yes I think they all get involved!) of the small village of Ciran. This year sees the first of a new show being presented around the theme of 'world dance' and as previous presentations have shown, for honest endeavour and entertainment, it is hard to beat!

All this and this isn't mentioning that most Cities towns and villages will have their own Bastille Day celebrations the month certainly goes with a bang!

Friday, 23 June 2017

A dining experience in Touraine,Centre- Val de Loire

If you have something special to celebrate or just want to treat yourself while visiting the Loire Valley then head down to  'La Promenade' in Le Petit-Pressigny for a culinary experience, We are lucky enough to have eaten here on a few occasions, as have many of the guests at our houses, and would highly recommend it. 

You can visit the restaurant website here

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this weekend 24th/25th June, in the Loire Valley.

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 24th June

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


PARCAY MESLAY  Vide-greniers **

PONT DE RUAN  Vide-greniers**

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 25th June

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

BOURNAN  Brocante, Vide-greniers *

CERELLES  Vide-greniers **



ESVRES  Vide-greniers ***

HOMMES Vide Grenier – Brocante **

L'ILE BOUCHARD  Vide-greniers *



LANGEAIS  (La Rouchouze) Vide-greniers ***

LIMERAY  Vide-greniers ****

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

NEUVY LE ROI  Vide Greniers *

NOUZILLY  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT BAULD  Vide-greniers?

SAINT GENOUPH  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  5ème Vide-greniers Square Gambetta ***

SAVONNIERES  Vide-greniers ****

SEUILLY  Vide-greniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers***

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***


Other departments: Source :

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Barrou streets around dusk...

This is 'Rue de la Mairie' in the village of Barrou in Southern Touraine just before they switch of the lights at 11.00pm,to conserve energy,like most villages in the region. Below is 'Grande Rue' in the village.

Friday, 16 June 2017

'Fete de la Musique' in the Loire Valley

This year the annual 'Fete de la Musique' here in France, where musicians are asked to provide free (plus paid-for concerts) live music in a variety of venues, has an extended time slot due to the official date (21st) falling in the middle of the week. The tradition inaugurated in Paris in 1982 continues to reinvent itself with free concerts with everything from hunting horns to hip hop and you should be able to find live music at a venue near you.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Brocantes / Vide-greniers this weekend 17th/18th , in the Loire Valley...


Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 17th June

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

BETZ LE CHATEaU  Vide-greniers, Scene Ouverte, Producteurs, art **
LOCHE SUR INDROIS  Vide Grenier **
LUYNES  Vide Grenier **

PORTS SUR VIENNE  Braderie Festive **

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday18th June

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

ABILLY  Fête de la Confiture - Brocante, Vide-greniers ***

AMBILLOU  Vide-greniers ***

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide-greniers***

AZAY SUR CHER  Vide Greniers **


BOURGUEIL  Vide Grenier et Brocante ***

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

HUISMES  Vide-greniers **

LA VILLE AUX DAMES  Vide-greniers ****

MONTBAZON  Brocante Vide Grenier ****

MONTRESOR  Vide-greniers ?

MONTS  Brocante Vide-greniers ***
SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide Greniers des Atlantes *****

Other departments: Source :

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Detours in Southern Touraine in Centre-Val de Loire...Preuilly-sur-Claise

Preuilly-sur-Claise sitting on the river Claise within Southern Touraine is worth seeking out if you want to get a flavour of rural France. Its winding streets, by virtue of the quality of their architecture, pay homage to more prosperous days gone by. 

It has its chateau (private)...

some excellent restaurants...

and the delightful abbey church of Saint Peter's

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d' Amboise under a very bright sun on the Pentecost bank holiday Monday

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Loire Valley always surprising

We are continually extolling the delights of our region Centre-Val de Loire and the Loire Valley as a whole and where many of the great chateaux do not need highlighting some others like Chateau de l'Islette at Azay le Rideau  (near its more famous neighbour) are perhaps less well known yet well deserving of a visit.

We remember our first visit when we were so pleasantly surprised with the chateau and its relaxing grounds...a great place to chill out!


Friday, 9 June 2017

A different view of Chateau de La Guerche

This is the view you get of Chateau de La Guerche coming done from behind Le Petit Guerche, the popular shot would normally be from the bridge over the river Creuse.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Brocantes / vide greniers for the weekend 10th/11th June in Touraine and the Loire Valley

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 10th June

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

CINQ MARS LA PILE  Fête de la Saint Médard *

DESCARTES  Vide-greniers ?

LA FERRIERE  Vide-greniers - Brocante

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 11th June
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

ARTANNES SUR INDRE  Vide-greniers ***

BEAULIEU LES LOCHES  Brocante de la Trinité **

BOURGUEIL  10ème Bourse d'échange et Rassemblement de Véhicules Ancien ?

BUEIL EN TOURAINE  Vide-greniers **

CANDES SAINT MARTIN  Vide-greniers **

CLERE LES PINS  Vide Grenier de Clere les Pins ***

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ****

LA CELLE SAINT AVANT  Vide-greniers *

LUYNES  Vide-greniers ?

MONTS  Vide-greniers ****

SAINT MARTIN LE BEAU  Vide-greniers **

TOURS  Vide Grenier Brocante **

VEIGNE  Vide Grenier Rotary Tours val de Loire **

VERETZ  Vide Grenier **

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wednesdays are for visiting Loches in the Loire Valley

Wednesdays are for visiting the medieval town of Loches for guests at our vacation rentals here in the Loire Valley as, not only is it market day but they get a true taste of French history and culture.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

A great idea to cool off in the Loire Valley

With the current high temperatures,what could be better than walking through cool caves cut into the hillside of Vouvray and sampling the wines produced from the vines growing above you? - not a lot we would suggest, having 'sampled' the experience ourselves.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Spoilt for choice this weekend in the Loire Valley

This weekend you have the option of sampling sparkling Vouvray or picnicking with other winemakers or going to a music festival or rose festival or having a leisurely garden stroll.