Monday, 21 May 2018

Monday's Loire Valley Chateau - Chateau du Chatelier

Today we feature Chateau du Chatelier in 'Le Chatelier' near Paulmy in Southern Touraine. It dates from 12th/13th century and still has a water filled moat surrounding it. 'Protestant Barn' within the castle is used as a great music venue throughout the summer season.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Loire Valley church for Sunday - Cravant-les-Côteaux

 church of Cravant les Coteaux exterior view

Today we feature the church at Cravant-les-Côteaux with its 14th century wall paintings.

 church of Cravant les Coteaux frescoes 3 women praying

You can read more on our website here

 church of Cravant les Coteaux frescoes

Friday, 18 May 2018

A sparkling idea...

Brocantes / vide-greniers Sunday 20th May

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

ABILLY  Fête de la Confiture - Brocante -vide Grenier **

ANCHE  Vide-greniers ***

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide -grenier **

BLERE  Vide Dressing **

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CRISSAY SUR MANSE  Foire aux Vieilleries ?

DESCARTES  Vide-grenier

LIGUEIL  Brocante de la Pentecôte **

MORAND  Vide-greniers ***

PARCAY MESLAY  Vide-greniers  ***

RICHELIEU  21e Salon D’antiquités

TOURS NORD  Vide Grenier ****

VEIGNE  2° Vide Grenier Champétre ***

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A true taste of France

Come and stay at one of our village houses and let us help you make the most of your Loire Valley experience with the benefit of our local knowledge.

"Thank you so much for your wonderful suggestions for things to see - we have had a wonderful time!"

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Church for Sunday - Saint-Laurent Obterre

Today we feature the church of Saint-Laurent, Obterre in Indre. The church is of Romanesque origin but was modified in the late 15th, early 16th century by the addition of a Gothic choir flanked by a canted apse which, due to the dangerour condition of the building, we did not get to view... 

which was a shame after the long climb up to the church!

It was actually worth it as the exterior was worth a look.

The original bell tower of the church had been supported by the choir but it was rebuilt above the west facade around 1860.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Poppy red...

Currently as we are drving through our region we are seeing more and more poppies bringing their touch of red to the fields...always a delight!

Friday, 11 May 2018


Tours on the river Loire - poster 2018

'Tours-sur-Loire' returns to the banks of the river Loire today 11th May until 23rd September by the Pont Wilson Bridge .'La guinguette de Tours' offers a diverse range of programmes over the summer months.

Ferris wheel at the Pont Wilson Bridge by the river Loire in Tours

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Brocantes / vide-greniers Thursday 10th & Sunday 13th May


Brocantes / vide grenier Thursday 10th May

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

BEAUMONT LA RONCE  Brocante Vide-greniers *****

  21ème Grande Brocante Vide-greniers ***

RICHELIEU  Brocante Collections **

VERETZ  Vide Greniers *****

Brocantes / vide grenier Sunday 13th May

AMBILLOU  Vide-greniers ***

brocante *

Vide-greniers ?


Vide-greniers rue Colbert ?

Monday, 7 May 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Brocantes this Sunday 6th May in Touraine

Brocantes / vide grenier Sunday 6th May

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


CHEILLE  Vide-greniers à la Chapelle Saint-blaise

TOURS  Vide Grenier Gentiana (léo Lagrange) *

Monday, 30 April 2018

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Chateau de Breze

On a visit to Chateaux de Breze you actually get two chateaux for the price of one - the Renaissance chateau above ground plus its subterranean counterpart. 


If you haven't already visited this chateau then you should!


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Come on come in from the rain...

We have said it before...the Sapeurs-Pompiers in Le Grand-Pressigny should consider changing the date of their annual brocante as again those April showers have come there way! How unlucky are they, even though there is an obvious association with fire-fighters and water,you have to feel for the organizers! At least their 'Foire aux Vins' will be safe under the cover of the Salle des Fetes'...although perhaps not 'dry'.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Kids and culture in the Loire Valley

Today, during 'Museum Week' the focus is on children's involvement in the cultural heritage. An excellent eample of this can be witnessed at the Prehistory Museum in Le Grand-Pressigny where a lot of effort is put into involving children of all ages.

Image courtesy of Prehistory Museum

They have a dedicated programme aimed at children