Spring in the gardens at chateau Villandry
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Today we feature one of our favourites...Langeais. This lovely town on the banks of the river Loire is a delight.
The town itself is worth a stroll around then add to that its mighty chateau,its beautiful church and imposing road bridge and you have the makings of a of great day out.
Monday, 25 February 2019
Sunday, 24 February 2019
As you drive around the town of Levroux in the department of Indre, what draws you in is the site of its 13th century church which hogs the skyline.
It is often referred to as the 'petite cathédrale du Berry' and once you see it close up and step inside you can understand why!
It contains one of the oldest organs in France,dating back to the 15th century.
If you are ever nearby you should pay it a visit,
Saturday, 23 February 2019
Friday, 22 February 2019
Thursday, 21 February 2019
The warm spell of weather we are having currently here in the Loire Valley is making us long even more for spring to arrive. The dedication of the regions gardeners make visiting the chateaux at this time of year such a delight...like Chateau de Chenonceau (above).
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Our region has something to offer to everyone choosing it as a holiday destination. For returning visitors there is an opportunity to seek out places away from the main tourist trail of the river Loire and its chateaux and visit the lesser known departments of the region, such as Indre which has much to offer. The marketing of its tourism, likes its neighbour Indre-et-Loire (Touraine) focuses on the more traditional name 'Berry Provence'. As we have explored ourselves we have been pleasantly surprised by what we have found.
On our way back from a visit to Saint-Valentin (on the 14th) we passed by Levroux a town we had, on a previous road trip, stopped and had lunch without any further exploration.One of our fellow travelers did feel there was more to this place than meets the eye.On approaching it from a different route the obvious 'more; was the very grand church which you can see from the top photograph.
We will give you more on the very iteresting 'La Collegiale Saint-Sylvain' on another post.
Other points of interest are the old gate 'La Porte de Champagne'...
'Le Berger Couche'...
and just outside the town the remains of the former chateau.
Monday, 18 February 2019
Or the remains there off...these ruins sit in the town of Levroux 80 km south west of Tours / 21 km north of Chateauroux. The site can be traced back to the Romans but these are what is left of a medieval castle probably destroyed either during the 'Wars of Religion'
The castle would have had a drawbridge over a protective moat and what we see here are the two towers that would have protected it.