Saumur with a link to Pennsylvania
This little story is about a Scottish doctor called Marc Duncan, who was given a position in Saumur to teach Greek, Philosophy and Medicine at the Protestant Academy of Saumur in 1606. He married in Saumur and built this nice house. He even declined a position offered by the English king James 1 (who was a Scot and protestant) as his personal physician at the English court, just because he liked it in Saumur (although other sources say his French wife of good family didn't want to leave the country and hey... you choose what is most probable!).
At the Protestant Academy of Saumur he met a student called William Penn, later the founder of Pennsylvania.
If you search for 'Duncan Saumur' on the link below, you can read more about him.
Beauty of the Loire
"A Little Piece of Saumur"
Saumur is just about two hours by train from Paris. From the station, it's another 45 mins drive to the B&B place that we've booked on the internet by chance. My best friend, Siti and I hadn't got the slightest idea of getting around Saumur. Just needed to see some place outside big cities and this seems to be one of the places that's not too far away.
Saumur is a quaint little town where agriculture and arts exist alongside. In the city center, you can find most things, from cafes to boutiques like in any other small towns. The two main public transport would take you out of the city to the historical chateaus, including the famous horse riding school which we could have seen if given more time. We managed to squeeze in a half day exploration at the Chateau, the other best part are walking exploration in the city to observe the unique architecture and sights.
"B & B - one the best experiences so far"
My best friend and I chanced upon this B&B place on the internet. I'll have to post the link so you can view this beautiful villa that belongs to The Batels. Mrs Batel is also an artist and gallery owner so you can imagine how beautiful each room is decorated. There are 5 rooms available and you will be amazed how many international travellers choose to come back to stay with them when they are in Saumur. Mr. Batel is a really good cook, and you'll be sure to enjoy a nice french gourmet dinner, in the dinning room that's so aesthetically decorated with the best influence of eastern and western cultures.
Of course, I cannot forget to drop a complimentary note in their guest book about my wonderful hosts. I will find a chance to visit again.