Monday, 27 May 2019

Monday's chateau in Centre-Valde Loire - Chateau de Boussay

Looking through the gates towards Chateau de Boussay in Southern Touraine.

This private chateau which sits on the edge of the small village of Boussay in Southern Touraine has its origins in the 11th century. The current chateau with its 15 the century tower and its 17th / 18th century heart and wings does not make for such a harmonious ensemble, yet sits well within its moats as an original homage to change and at the same time stability, as since 1342, it has been owned by the same family. Although private, visitors can stroll freely around the grounds that surround the chateau.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Church for Sunday - the Church of St. Maurice in Esves le Moutier,

The Church of St. Maurice sits in Esves le Moutier, a very small village 7 km east of Ligueil in Southern Touraine. The church, part of which dates from the 10th century,was originally part of a small fortified priory.

Once inside you are immediately struck by the ornate altar...

...why here?  This gilded,wooden carved altar in the centre of the choir is signed and dated 'A. Watrinelle 1698'. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and came from the Church of Our Lady of the Carmelites in Tours in the 19th century, a gift from a former priest of the church.

There are two small side altars in the church.

There are two heavy pillars supporting the 12th century, square, bell tower.

The church has some interesting 15th century seating.

The baptismal font.

Where's Joan?

She's here...well suited up

The village was the site of a monastery (French-'Moutier') from way back in 10th century and the village's name evolves from these origins. The monastery was converted to a priory in 1673 and went through a period of fortification, examples of which can be still be seen in the tower and elevation of the church.

To the side of the door of the church, there is a plaque letting us know that François de Montmorency-Laval (1623-1708), first bishop of Quebec, was one a former canon of the priory.


Saturday, 25 May 2019

Something for the weekend - Vitiloire

Vitiloire, Tours celebrates wines of the Loire Valley May 25th and 26th 2019
Saturday from 10h to 19h - Sunday from 10h to 18h 
place de la Gare - Boulevard Heurteloup - Garden Prefecture

On the occasion of Vitiloire , Tours, in the heart of one of the great wine regions, welcomes nearly 150 winemakers for the weekend.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Church on Sunday - Saint Gilles, Ferrière-sur-Beaulieu

Today we feature the church of Saint Gilles in Ferrière-sur-Beaulieu just outside Loches. The church is actually dedicated to 'Notre Dame' but local residents preferred Saint Gilles! The earliest part of the church,the lower half of the facade is the oldest, dating from the 11th century. The nave was added over the next century. 

The choir with its vaulted ceiling and the apse were added in the 13th century. The current altar-piece is 18th century.

There is a modest side chapel within the church.

Where's Joan?

There is an unusually 'dark' Joan within the church.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Something for the weekend...18/19th May

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May at Chateau de Cheverny the 2nd Edition of the Festival of the hat. A festival that will apparantly combine Haute Couture, chic and French elegance!

On the 18th and 19th of May 2019, The Roses Association of Chédigny celebrate the
 'Festival of Roses'. 

10.00am - 7.00pm

Friday, 17 May 2019

Preview of Chedigny Rose Festival 2019

As we will not be visiting the Rose Festival at Chedigny over the weekend (you should) due to other commitments we went along yesterday for a preview. As ever it is looking are a few of our images from our visit.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday's chateau - Champigny-sur-Veude - the chateau that is not a chateau!

The current Chateau de Champigny-sur-Veude is in fact the former gatehouse and stables of what was once a grand chateau. The original chateau was built by the Bourbon-Vendôme dynasty at the end of the 15th, beginning of the 16th centuries, along with the beautiful 'Sainte-Chapelle St Louis' . Under the ownership of Gaston d'Orléans the third son of Henri IV and Marie de Medici, it was sold to Cardinal Richelieu' He acquired it for the sole purpose of razing it.apparently out of jealousy and to provide materials for his own grand design of a chateau only 7 kms away, on the outskirts of his new 'model' town bearing his name. Sadly or perhaps the result of karma this too has been lost to us courtesy of the French Revolution. 

The property was eventually returned to the descendants of Gaston d'Orléans and under the stewardship of Anne Marie Louise of Orleans who transformed the stables of the west wing to transforming them into comfortable accommodation.She had the ceilings removed to give height to the reception rooms and large windows were opened up to allow the building to flood with light.

 She had a beautiful monumental white stone staircase was built to lead to the rooms along with some heavily adorned fireplaces.

The current American owners open it to the public from May until September - you can check here for opening times.