Monday, 16 September 2019

Monday's chateau in Centre-Val de Loire - Chateau de la Verrerie


Just 15 minutes outside of the town Aubigny-sur-Nère, in the department of Cher is the very Scottish looking Chateau de la Verrerie. It was built on land which had been given to John Stuart, Count of Darnley, in 1422, in  recognition of his loyal services during the 'Hundred Years War' in the battle against the English. The chateau we see today was not actually built until the end of the 15th century by his grandson Béraud.


Friday, 13 September 2019

Walking in Southern Touraine...



If you enjoy walking then choosing Southern Touraine as your holiday destination gives you say many opportunities you will be spoiled for choice!

Here is a link to some of the walks /routes we have experienced with our local walking club.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday's where is it? - treehouse




Starting a new feature for Wednesdays - 'where is it?'. Do you know where you will find this great treehouse here in Centre-Val de Loire?

You will find it within the grounds of Chateau de Langeais

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday's chateau here in Centre-Val de Loire - Chateau d'Etableau



Today we feature the chateau at Etableau, just outside Le Grand-Pressigny, we say chateau but actually it's only the remains of the 12th century castle. I sometimes wonder why this is in ruins (understand it was down to protestants) and its neighbour has survived more intact, its major damage was caused by mother nature.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Loire Valley church on Sunday - Saint-Calais chapel Blois


Today we feature the Saint-Calais chapel within the chateau complex at Blois as our Loire Valley church on Sunday. It was once the private place of worship for Louis XII and Anne of Brittany.





Saturday, 7 September 2019

Monday, 2 September 2019

Monday's Loire Valley chateau - Chateau de Valmer



Today we feature images of  Chateau de Valmer  which can be found 30 mins north east of Tours. Well actually what we feature is the gardens and outbuildings as the main chateau was burned down in 1948!





Sunday, 1 September 2019

Loire Valley church for Sunday - Église Saint-Julien in Tours


Following our visit on Thursday we felt we had to make our church on Sunday we felt a return to Église Saint-Julien in Tours. The church has featured here in the past but it is currently dressed up inside, rather spectacularly, for the wonderful free exhibition 'Lumières Célestes Marcoville'


 The exhibition is made up by glass representations of more than 50 'Virgins', 800 angels and a staggering 30,000 fish! 


The angels greet you from the moment you enter the church suspended from gantries over the nave of the church.




The 'virgins' are set up around the outside aisles of the church

  

  


The multitude of glass fish form an amazing glass curtain in front of the choir of the churcn.


 

You can view this fabulous exhibition Thursday to Sunday until 22nd September.