Friday, 16 March 2018

Photo Friday - Chateau de Rouvray

Chateau de Rouvray just outside the village of Chambon in Southern Touraine is,externally at least, rather pleasant to the eye. What is revealed today is the combination of centuries of remodelling. Internally it has been modified to suit modern day living and most of the original features have been lost. As a private dwelling it is only available to view on patrimoine days or by appointment during the summer months

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A working drawbridge and a filled moat, a rare thing amongst our chateaux.

I remember the first time we came across Chateau du Chatelier during a exploratory drive around Southern Touraine and the delight in finding a castle with a moat and a drawbridge.

We have been back several times as we have friends who have a house that actually looks on to the lucky are they?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Presidential visit...

If you are planning to head over to Loches today to visit the market be aware that there may be a bit of disruption as President Macron is making a visit to a school in the town tomorrow. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday for towns in Centre-Val de Loire - Vendome

Vendome is located 35 km northwest Blois in the department of Loir et Cher. It is a picturesque town made more so by the effect of the river Loir (without the 'e') which divides it into islands connected by waterways.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Chinon

The chateau / fortress at Chinon extends over 500 metres along the ridge overlooking the Vienne river. It is not known what the original construction would have looked like but we know it was made of three different strongholds separated by dry moats.

looking down on the river Vienne from one of the towers of the chateau at Chinon

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Church on Sunday, well abbey actually...Fleury Abbey,Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire

Fleury Abbey, in Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire is a rather remarkable place in a rather unremarkable town. It is a Benedictine abbey and is here because the founding monks had fled from their original abbey in Naples. Montecassino Abbey to the north of Naples had been founded by St.Benedict who died there in 547 . When the abbey was being looted in 580 the monks fled for their own safety and his remains were left behind.Not sure why they chose to stop here but they did and around 630 founded the Fleury monastery. Some of the monks returned to Naples in 672 and recovered the remains of their foundinf father and brought them back to Fleury which then made it the centre of the Benedictine movement,

Entrance to the Abbey church is through the 'Porch-Tower' which dates from 1020 

It is an architectural delight with fabulous carved capitals ( you can see much more detail here)

We didn't get many photographs inside as service was just about to commence but it is quite stunning inside
The nave above dates from around 1150 and survived as part of the church in spite of most of the monastery being destroyed during the French Revolution. The monks were forced to leave the site and it would not be until 1865 before members of the order returned and not until 1944 before full monastic life was restored at Fleury.

Like many religious buildings it has had major restoration works which will allow to be appreciated for many years to come.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Vinci - International Congress Centre in Tours

Vinci - International Congress Centre in Tours from ‘Jardin de la Prefecture’ which is showing some early colour.

Vinci - International Congress Centre in Tours from ‘Jardin de la Prefecture’ which is showing some early colour.

 the classic shape of the  Vinci - International Congress Centre

It isn't all front but it is impressive,

With the tourist office on the right and looking up  Rue Bernard Palissy towards the cathedral.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Chateau de Montpoupon

This week we feature Chateau de Montpoupon. The chateau is still privately owned but as a visitor you are given reasonable access to many of the rooms in the main part of the chateau and to the stables and outbuildings which host a horse riding museum.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Loire Valley church for Sunday,well a cathedral actually, or is it?

Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Blois is not as impressive as some of the others great cathedrals of the Loire Valley but then it was never intended to be. Up until 1697 it had been a collegiate church dedicated to Saint Solenne before its elevation to cathedral status and new dedication to Saint Louis.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival 2018

From the 24th of April  to 4th of November 2018

Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire
The 27th International Garden Festival on the theme of
 “Gardens of thought”

Read more plus see previous years here

Friday, 2 March 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Programme for La Chevauchée de Jeanne 2018 in Cravant les Coteaux and Chinon

The kind people at 'Jeanne En Lumière' forwarded this poster with the programme for their event.

Something for the weekend - Re-enactment of Joan's entry into Chinon

On Sunday March 4th the ‘Jeanne en Lumière’ association in Chinon organizes an annual re-enactment of the arrival of Joan of Arc on March 6, 1429 in the town to meet Charles VII.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Some of today's markets in Centre Val de Loire

Market day today in...(You'll need a warm coat) Angers, Fonteuraud l’Abbaye, Saumur,  Blois, Romorantin-Lanthenay, Loches, Montbazon, Orleans and Tours

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Tuesday for towns in Centre-Val de Loire - Montrichard

The market town of Montrichard in Loir-et-Cher sits on the banks of the river Cher and takes full avantage of it location with a man-made river 'beach' which proves very popular during the summer months.

The town also has some good restaurants and a fairly lively weekly market on Friday mornings. It is full of character and worth a wander around its quaint streets. 

Monday, 26 February 2018