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    train and wines in Sancerre

    by gwened Updated Nov 1, 2014

    Favorite thing: yes train is available as already posted. The TER is good for schedules choosing, you buy your tickets at
    although is it best to be done by car as I do.

    as to wine there is the maison du vin in Sancerre with all tastings
    this place explains the wines in English

    this tells you all the domaines or wine houses in Sancerre in French

    my personal favorites are ,
    Domaine Henri Bourgeois
    Domaine Pascal Jolivet
    Domaine Marnier-Lapostolle
    Domaine Naudet et Fils
    Domaine Vacheron

    and for a general tasting in the maison as told you above try
    Cave des Vins de Sancerre

    hope it helps, a nice region and good wines.I am into it ;;)

    Fondest memory: drinking its white wines

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    Castles of the center or Centre

    by gwened Updated Apr 28, 2014

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    Favorite thing: There are hundreds, maybe thousands of castles in this wonderful area of France, known as the Centre, more colloquially call the valley of the kings or the castles of the loire. It is more than one river.

    I am digging thru my old photos and rescuing some, these are some that I will put here instead of one page for each. These are family castles and sometimes only with invitation inside, I drive by them often and got some pictures to show and tell ::)

    Chateau Selles-sur-Cher, (great goat cheese in this area !!) First Dungeon built on motte in the second half of the 10C for Thibault . New Castle flanked by three corner towers which remain the so-called Tower of the cock,the Châtelet and the trapezoidal mound, built in 1212 to Robert of Courtenay.The North and South pavilions, the main gate, and the interior decoration of the Châtelet, completed in 1612 for Philippe de Bethune. place du Château, 41130 Selles sur Cher, 02 54 97 76 50, open in July and August every day from 10 h to 19 h, and in may, June, September, October until 11 November every day from 10 h to 12 hand from 14 h to 18 h.

    Château de Montmarin was built in 1760 by Aaron Magon. its gardens à la française of the 18C, and the romantic part, dating to 1885 down to the estuary by four successive terraces plans.

    Château de Troussay, If the first stone of the mansion were done about 1450, his current status date for the oldest parts of the Renaissance when Robert de Bugy, controller of stores salt in the region of Blois and Squire of the King François Ier, was Lord of the place. In the 17C, the area was expanded, with common and two wings, while develops, at the rear, a beautiful park to the French. Troussay arrived Finally, in 1828, in those of Louis de la Saussaye, historian of the castles of the Loire, Member of the Institute, Rector of the academies of Lyon and of Poitiers....After his death, in 1900, the Château was sold a second time in the ascending line of the owners today, eager not to depart from the Château de Cheverny, the owners were - and remain - of the same family.

    Chateau de Villesavin, It was built between 1527 and 1537 by Jean le Breton, Lord of Villandry, and Secretary of Finance of the King François Ier .In the 17C, Jean Phélippeaux made several work.It is inspired by the villas of the Italian Renaissance and facades make reference to the castle of Chambord. The main building body has that one floor. The round towers found previously, were replaced by symmetric square pavilions. Can observe the traditional skylights of the Val de Loire. The main staircase is located inside the central body.At the entrance to the main courtyard are built two pavilions, one houses the chapel.

    Château de Sully-sur-Loire, The castle is mentioned as early as 1102, it controlled a bridge over the Loire River which disappeared as early as the 14C. It has over the centuries belonged to three families: the first Lords of Sully, the Thom family, and the family of bethune. In 1218, Philippe Auguste had a main tower.In 1396, Guy Thom launches the construction of the current Castle, Raymond du Temple (architect of the King and the duc d ' Orléans) draws up the plans.In 1524, a building is added to the East of the building.It is acquired in 1602 by Maximilien de Béthune, du grand Sully, first Duke of the name. From 1602 to 1607, transformed the castle to its use, also building a park.The young Louis XIV took refuge in the castle in March 1652 during the Fronde of the princes.In 1715, the Castle welcomes Voltaire who fled Paris.In the middle of the 18th century, a building was built North of the entry body.The Castle suffered a fire in 1918 and the bombing of June 1940 and August 1944 during World War II.The Castle remained in the family of the 1st Duke of Sully until 1962, year in which the general Council of the Loiret Department acquires and restores it.

    Fondest memory: drive thru castle country is wonderful, stopping by in front of these beauties is awesome, and having the pleasure of seeing them often is heavens. Never bored to stop by again.

    Chateau de Montmarin chateau de Selles-sur-Cher Chateau de Troussay Chateau de Villesavin Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire
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    Walk Vendôme

    by gwened Written Apr 17, 2014

    Favorite thing: mist photos that would like to show do not know where to put them, and for walkers is a delight to see these magnificent buildings all around you.

    walking is great in the towns of France.

    The clocktower belltower offers a song from the 16C still today, and its impossing in city center.Tour St Martin by the abbey church de la Trinité

    the bridge the levies the great city center all is a nice walk in a nice town of the région du centre de France!

    Fondest memory: crossing the bridge or pont de l'islette is very nice, romantic i would say.

    ecluses in the river Loir clocktower or beffroi done 1854 the pont sur l'islette on the  river Loir arriving place St Martin Vend��me
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    Walk Chateauroux

    by gwened Written Apr 16, 2014

    Favorite thing: This is a town not so visited but I do passed by it many times, first way back in 1990. Its a turning point on the road N20 ,now the A20 on the way to the southwest of France.

    Walk it is wonderful too.

    tourist office of Chateauroux

    The old churches Abbey of Deols and the porte de l'horloge as well as the pont perrin are all picturesques and worth a detour.

    Another history is that here until 1967, was the US air base on NATO plans ,when Gen De Gaulle decided to keep France independant and away from NATO the base left all the personnel, BUT, there were some Americans who became very much part of the community and decided to stay,they are still there! See some of that history here

    I met some of them at a local bar there !Joe from Maine was it,and his daughter continue a bit more than it closed too a few years back

    Joe was a captain in the US Air Force based there.

    Fondest memory: walking along the porte de l'horloge to pont perrin is wonderful.

    the Porte de l'Horloge arriving the pont perrin from inside porte de l'horloge going our the church at Deols near the air base was
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    Walk Chartres

    by gwened Written Apr 16, 2014

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    Favorite thing: had a couple that I found left so yes walking is great in France amongst these beauties of history and architecture,and Chartres has a bunch. Great to walk into its inner streets away from the Cathedral.

    you have the wonderful lavoirs or laundries by the river Eure , and into canals in the city, and then the magnificent old bridges

    Fondest memory: walking along the quaint streets of the pont des minimes making reference to the convent that was there founded by saint Francis de paula that wre there in about after 1615. You can see the entrance to the convent still there along the bridge at the far end of street rue de la Corroirie.

    During the revolution it was renamed pont des Casernes , rferences the military stables of the cavalry there , see some of it on the left along the street impasse de Coin-Cornu. The stayed in service until 1840. The bridge close a water basin that was large and until the 16C, a basin of the harbor of Chartres.

    see it walk it, enjoy it as I do.

    the bridge or pont des minimes lavoirs or laundry  Foul��rie along the river Eure
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    Plenty of castles

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This part of France is renowned for its somptuous castles. The density of castles and all their great Renaissance intrigues and associations can prove quite intimidating, but if you pick your castles selectively, and spend days on the Loire river banks with supplies of cheese, fruit and Loire wines, the Loire can be one of the most enjoyable of all French regions.

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    walk Maintenon

    by gwened Written Dec 23, 2013

    Favorite thing: a small town easy to walk and so much history link tothe Noailles and Mme Maintenon, that carries her name.

    castleof Maintenon from outside side road! the other side of castle to aqueduct mairie or hotel de ville of Maintenon the chapel next to ent to castle city center parking to castle on right
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