Friday, 21 September 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd September in Centre - Val de Loire

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd  September

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

Indre-et-Loire (37)

Athee-sur-Cher  Vide-greniers ***

Cousmes  Brocante / Vide-greniers ***

Ligueil  Vide-greniers de la Fete du Lait ****

La Roche-Clernault  Vide-greniers ?

Nazelles-Negron  Vide-greniers ***

Riviere  Vide-greniers **

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps  Vide-greniers ***

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tuesday for towns in the Loire Valley - Azay-le-Rideau

As part of Patrimone weekend we chose to revisit the delightful Azay-le-Rideau and we were not disappointed. It was looking good under a beautiful blue September sky. 

We couldn't resist also taking in the town's beautiful chateau.

Monday, 17 September 2018

We took our own advice...

"It's Sunday it's Patrimoine Weekend...why not visit a church" Well actually we visited quite a few, even one with a tree growing out of its wall! Over the next few weekend we will use them in our 'Church on Sunday' feature.We had a busy day but it wasn't all churches...

Saturday, 15 September 2018

For Patrimoine weekend...find Yul Brynner's grave?

You may be surprised to know it's in Abbaye Royale Saint-Michel de Bois Aubry near the village of Luze and for patrimoine weekend it is free to visit.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Something for the weekend - heritage days

Journees du Patrimoine 2018

Every year, on the third weekend of September, heritage sites throughout the Loire Valley open their doors and share their history with you some free to enter, others at a reduced rate.
Chateau Azay-le-Rideau free to visit this weekend.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 16th September in Centre - Val de Loire

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 16th  Septenber
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Indre -et-Loire

Artsnnes-sur-Indre  Vide-greniers ***

Azay-le-Rideau   Retro-Rete du Musee Maurice Dufresne

Charentilly  Vide-greniers **

Chinon   Monthly Brocante

Cormery  Brocante / Vide-greniers *****

Jour-le-Tours  Vide-greniers ***

Montlouis-sur-Loire  Vide-greniers ***

Saint-Flovier  Brocante / Vide-greniers ?

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps  Vide-greniers ?

Tours Alee Bauchant  Vide-greniers *

Vouvray  Vide-greniers ?

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Wednesday is Lochesday -visit for a full day out

Wednesday is a great day to visit this historic town...

with its ever-popular morning market...

 plus its fine shops...

and good restaurants.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Laverdin

Looking towards the ruins of Chateau de Laverdin

Well, more accurately 'Loir Valley chateau' (without the e) The Chateau de Lavardin was built on a rocky headland 45 m above the River Loir in the village of Lavardin in Loir-et-Cher. Today the ruins of the  fortress dominate the valley and the village, which is listed as one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Loire Valley church on Sunday...Monts

The church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens  in the village of Monts is one that offers up a pleasant surprise once you enter through its portal.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 8th Sunday 9th September in Centre - Val de Loire

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 8th September

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

Brehement  Brocante / Vide-greniers ?

La Celle-Saint-Avant  Vide-greniers ***

Tours, Place Rabelais Vide-greniers ?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 9th  Septenber
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Azay-le-Rideau  Brocante / Vide-greniers **

Beaulieu-les-Loches  Brocante   *

Blere  Vide-greniers **

Chinon  Vide-greniers ?

Cinais  Vide-greniers **

Continvoir  Vide-greniers ?

Descartes  Vide-greniers **

Drache  Vide-greniers *

Jaulnay  Vide-greniers **

La Membrolle-sur-Choisille  Vide-greniers ***

La Riche  Vide-greniers **

La Ville-aux-Dames  Vide-greniers *****

Monts  Vide-greniers **

Notr-Dame-d’Oe  Vide-greniers **

Parcay-sur-Vienne  Vide-greniers **

Saint-Nicolas-des-Motets  Vide-greniers **

Semblancay  Brocante *****

Yzeures-sur-Creuse  Brocante ?

Cher (18)

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Tuesday for towns & villages in Centre Val de Loire - Chaumussay

Chaumussay in Southern Touraine is a charming little village in the valley of the Claise river - it is worth making a detour to drive through here in summer to view their floral arrangements plus the 'grotto' cut into the rock face at one end of the lovely stone bridge
 We are not sure why this elaborate grotto, which is dedicated to the baby Jesus is here and could find very little information on it.

It was possibly added as the village had been a place of pilgrimage for many years (right up to the early 70's) to worship at the village's own 'Calvary' on the hillside. It was important enough to be visited by the Archbishop of Tours in 1893.

To the right of the grotto there is a rather grand small structure supporting a statue of St Mark standing over a well with, you will not be surprised to hear, miraculous healing powers.Did they stop working in the 70's?

The water drops down to a pool below via a what is described locally as a 'camels head' formed by lime deposits - you can decide for yourself what you think it looks like.

Back over the bridge there is an interesting 12th century church  with 'Joan' statue standing guard outside. 

There is also a former tithe barn with its rather fancy pigeonnier with its zinc façade.

As we said, worth the detour!