Thursday, 15 November 2018

18° and it's November!

View from the bridge at Azay-le-Rideau 

Beautiful day here yesterday in Centre-Val de Loire with the temperature hitting 18°C and it's November!.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday for towns - Romorantin-Lanthenay

Romorantin-Lanthenay sits on the river Sauldre and is the amalgamation of two towns (thus the name) that make up the principal town of the Sologne region of central France.


 Its river setting,even in November, makes a lovely backdrop for its popular 'Musee de Solagne'







Thursday, 8 November 2018

Night falling in Southern Touraine

This was sunset on the 4th of November with night falling as if someone was pulling down a blind but it was just Mother Nature up to her old tricks.


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Tuesday for towns -Beaulieu-lès-Loches - a beautiful place?

Beaulieu-lès-Loches is a place that has struggled to return to any of its past's glory. Where there was once a large abbey complex, which, during medieval times allowed the town to prosper around it,today we only see vestiges of this with some of what remains of the Abbey being restored.
The abbey was founded here in 1007 by Fulk Nerra III and he is buried here within the chancel. What he didn't provide however was any defensive structure that might have kept invaders out, so making it easy for the English army to occupy it during the 'hundred years war'.Damage then and that of the French religious wars sent the place into a decline that it never recovered from. 







Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Tuesday for towns in Centre-Val de Loire- the beautiful Apremont-sur-Allier

Listed as one of 'Les-Plus-Beaux-Villages-de-France', Apremont-sur-Allier  is a lovely village located close to the confluence of the Loire and Allier rivers in the department of Cher. We have yet to make a page for this very pretty place on our site - something we have to put right soon!
We shall let the images speak for themselves!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Chateau de Blois and its spiral staircase.


One of the most renowned architectural features of Chateau de Blois is the spiral staircase in the François I wing. Domenico da Cortona. an Italian architect, is credited with its design. He was invited to France by Charles VIII and remained in the service of François I.

external view of the spiral staircase at chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley

Internal view of the spiral staircase at chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley