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    CHINON CHATEAU

    by balhannah Updated Sep 5, 2011

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    An important time in history happened in this Chateau which dates back till the 11th century.
    It was here, Joan of Arc first spotted the dethroned Charles VII in disguise and persuaded him to lend her an army to drive the English out of France.
    It was owned successively by the Counts of Tours and Blois, then by the Count of Anjou, and then it fell into the hands of Plantagenet who reinforced its defences considerably. In 1204, Philippe Auguste seized it for the Crown.

    In the middle of 15th century, Chinon accommodated the court of King Charles VII and it was in this castle that he received Joan of Arc during the One Hundred year war.

    From thhe 17th century onwards, the castle fell into disrepair and almost fell into ruin.

    It is a very beautiful and interesting place to visit. Walking around this 11th century Chateau, I couldn't help but think of Joan of Arc. Was I walking where she once did? The walls were very thick, the Tower of the Mill, was like a watchtower overlooking the Vienne River. I could see the remains of the Palace of Charles VII and have a look at the Tower of Argenton.

    You can visit the Chateau, we did and enjoyed the Chateau & marvellous views from the Castle grounds over the town and River.

    ADMISSION IN 2011.....Adults....7euros

    OPEN....
    From 1 October until 31 March: 9h- 5.30PM
    From 1 April until 30 September: 9h- 7PM

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    Visit Chateau Chinon

    by Herkbert Written Aug 7, 2011

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    The Chateau at Chinon is a huge medieval fortress that looms high above the River Vienne and the town of Chinon. There are many areas of the fortress that are crumbling, yet there is plenty to see and experience.

    Historically, it was once owned by Richard the Lionheart and it is where Joan of Arc came to plead with Charles VII for an army. There is a nice exhibit related to Joan of Arc to enjoy.

    When you take the tour, you are given a booklet with a built in sensor that you place against items around the fortress to get an audio presentation.

    Definitely worth seeing. Make sure to take a walk through the town below - it's beautiful.

    Fortress at Chinon Tribute to Joan of Arc Along the ramparts
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    Fairytale Gardens South of Chinon

    by Caco19 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just 10 km south of Chinon, we found the very romantic castle of the Rivau.
    It was really amazing to stroll around the peaceful gardens of the chateau du Rivau, full of reference of the magical world of elves and fairies. A real enchantment !
    You should really check it out, if you want a break, want to enjoy gardens or even for lunch or pick nick. We had a nice light lunch there and then we were off for new adventures!

    Chateau du Rivau Chinon
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    Couly Duteil Winery Tour

    by midwesttrvlr Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We almost missed our chance to do a "winery tasting" and tour in Chinon, but we found a very nice woman who showed us around the Couly-Dutheil winery.

    It was a brief tasting, but FREE, and we were too late for actual tour of the vineyard. One of the owners (who spoke wonderful English and was fascinated with the American culture) was kind enough to let us do a full tasting of 4 of their most popular wines.

    I purchased 3 bottles and she packaged them for the airplane. Lovely winery, up on a hill and the actual bottling is done with grapes from all over the Loire Valley. Mainly reds, but a very good rose as well.

    Couly-Dutheil Winery Grape Vineyards Yummy!

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    Chateau de Chinon

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 28, 2007

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    I can't really leave a good tip about this because by the time we arrived here we were flagging under the 3 C's (Chateaus, Cathedrals & Caves) and were rather Chateau-ed out! Thus much said we stopped for a very pleasant lunch - more because of the setting than the food - and then drove on.

    However, the fortress is mostly ruined but consists of 3 parts separated by waterless moats

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    Explore the Castle above Chinon

    by painterdave Written Mar 16, 2006

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    It take about a half day to explore this old castle ruin. It has numerous places to view the river valley below, and one part of the castle has a ledge hanging out over the town. It's one of those look down through the steel grid floors, that is kind of creepy. Inside this tower is the museum.
    Joan of Arc is featured here as this is where she came to proclaim that an angel had told her to lead the French Army. The museum has manequins dressed in costume of the day, and there is a still life enactment of what happened. Don't miss the huge catapult near the entrance. It'll make you think about how big an object it could send through the air.
    Notice the flag over the castle, one of the most beautiful designs of any flag I have ever seen.
    There is a restaurant just outside the entrance, and it serves good tourist fare, but you can find better down below in the town.
    Parking is free and the entrance fee was not prohibitive. They have a good website on this castle and you can find it and more by googling Chinon. The Tourist Office of Chinon is quick in responding to questions.
    You can see the view is exceptional. From below the whole front of the castle is lit up at night which lends itself to a very romantic scene.
    See the final picture for viewing the campground.
    Campers across the river have the best view. There is also a picnic area just across the bridge. Keep driving further past the bridge and go left to find a massive grocery store. Not as big as the ones back home, but fully stocked with more than food.

    Picnic area and campground across river Chinon Castle Tower and Museum
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