Interesting Look at A Period of French History
Steep climbs, lack of handrails in some places
Good first approximation of a French medieval defensive work
This is off the beaten track but we found it on the way to Loches and were so impressed we returned to visit. Driving south, it looks like a large barn and you don't even notice it. Driving north on the D764 from Loches, you approach Chateau Montpoupon and it looks like a perfect chateau sitting in the countryside. It is one of those, "I've got to...more
During the XIVth century artillery arrived on the scene and thus changed the nature of warfare. Charles VII then Louis IX had a round tower built during the 15th century with machicolations and a gun terrace to better defend the Donjon at Loches.Just in case you weren't aware, machicolations are where an overhang supported by corbels is built with...more
At 36 metres in height and situated on a prominence to begin with, this keep stands out from the surrounding countryside.Constructed in the IIth century by Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou, it was later renovated by the Conseil General of Indre et Loire with more passageways added so you can explore previously hidden places.You can also walk around...more
Directly west of Poitiers, and served by regular SNCF buses, the attractive small town of PARTHENAY was once an important stop on the pilgrim routes to Compostela and is now the site of a major cattle market every Wednesday. It's not a place to make a special detour for, but it's worth a stopover if you're passing by.Parthenay has some interesting...more
Although it is a very nice building to see, it is easy to overlook it because of the huge gateway it is attached too. When you walk under the Picois Gate, the town hall will be on your right hand side. It was build between 1553 and 1543. I didn't go in since i was a bit pressed for time and I'm not sure one could go far. But the hallway should give...more
Every time you pas a gate of an earlier defense wall, you go back in time even more. When you've passed the citadel gate, this is the scene you'll see. The road to the left will get you to the church and the castle, The way ahead will lead to the keep. This is a place where you really can not loose your way since this is all there is.more
The west end of the church is preceded by a 11C bell-tower and a narthex (or porch) as was customary at the time the church was built (12C). The main door is under the narthex , which itself is square with ribbed groin vaulting. The door is capped by a series of archivolts containing carved voussoirs of weird animals. They appear not to have...more
As one views the church from the South, it appears to have four steeples in a row, the outer two being taller. Indeed the tower on the left (west) is the bell-towe and is 11C with a newer top. The one on the far right is the crossing tower (12C). The two shorter ones are actually octagonal domes that cover the nave (just after 1150)). The use of...more
The castle has two wings linked end to end. The older one is taller (north ,15C), was created for Charles VII and used primarily to house his mistress Agnes Sorel. The newer wing (south, 16C) was built for Charles VIII and Louis XII. The rooms are sparsely furnished and decorated. The most important one (historically) is preserved as the room in...more
A tour is offered of the Keep and the attached Martelet during which its somber rooms and torture instruments are on view. The keep is 11C built by Fulk Nerra of Angers fame. It has buttressed walls that are 9 ft. thick. In one room Ludovico Sforza was kept in solitary confinement for 8 years. He created graffiti on the wall to help keep his...more
The parking area was at the southwest end of the walled enclosure above. As we approached these ramparts, we walked into the shadow of a "Round Tower" and saw to the right the looming hulk of the 120 ft tall keep. These structures dominate the south end of the enclosure. We walked north along the west wall until we reached the only entry: the Porte...more
Have a wander, have a look.Look out for concerts held in the evenings. We didn't see the concert but we sat through part of the flutes rehearsal and it was very atmospheric... and that is why we didn't go to the concert because, according to our youngest, it was an "evil" atmosphere - I thought it was nice!more
The dungeon was rather spooky, you could go underground and see where prisoners had been held for years and years. The torture chambers didn't much interest me though...There was a story of a man who had been imprisoned for something like 25 years and he was finally let out. As soon as he reached the outside and saw the sun for the first time he...more
I had no idea that this castle or town existed until the propriator at our bed and breakfast told us it was a castle not to be missed. The chateau and it's grounds include 11th century keeps, ramparts, dungeon, church and castle. Agnes Sorel, the mistress of Charles VII, lived in the castle. Don't miss her tomb. While we were there there was a huge...more
One of the occupants of the keep was rather religious and he had a chapel build close to his quarters. It is placed above the only entrance up the tower as to protect it and its occupants. It is on one of the upper floors and i had to get over a mesh floor in order to take the picture. So with a little sweaty palms and a quick dash over it , i...more
This room is the first you enter when you come into the castle. The whole castle is actually build of rooms behind each other. There is no corridor or hall to connect them. You just go from one room to the other and back. This first room is where Charles de VII held council and where he did receive guests.more
This church is inside the citadel close to the castle. The building was started in the 10th century to shelter a relic. I didn't really have a good look around because i was in a hurry to visit the castle. Though when i stood on top of the keep i was surprised by this church and its towers. From the keep you might actually have the best view of...more
This was the royal hunting castle. It isn?t a very big castle but i found it intriguing because of the vast halls and the difference it had to other castles i have seen. Besides, Jeanne d?Arc has been in this castle. A very good reason too.. The beginnings of the castle date back to the 14th century. A century later the castle was expanded. For me...more
12 14 Rue Des Lezards, Loches, 37600, FR
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12, rue des Lezards, , Loches 37602
Good for: Business
12, Rue des LÃ?zards, , Loches, Centre 37600
Good for: Business
L'Entracte is situated in the main touristy part of loches. We walked for dinner from our hotel on the eastern side of the hill past the 13thC Port Cordelière and enjoyed the night lights and the atmosphere of the old town.
The restaurant decor is in keeping with ye olde worlde charme of the place.
It promises traditional French meals with a leaning towards products from the butcher. We chose from the meals on the blackboard and drank a bottle of local wine seeing we did not have to drive home.
The restaurant is open from midday until 11.00pm from June 1st to September 30th.
Open all year. Certainly open on Monday. The restaurant at the George Sand Hotel was closed - it was Monday & it was suggested we dine at L'Entracte.
Menus a 10 € - 11,50 € - 17,50 € - 22,50 €.
Favorite Dish: Madam had pate´, Contre Fillet with potato dauphine and the cheese plate while he had Charcoute platter to start , fish for main and finished the last of the excellent Vouvray (€18) with the cheese.
Although it was not a remarkable experience it was more than adequate for the outlay of €58 total.
The part of the Chateau built by Charles VII mostly housed his young mistress Agnes Sorel, a beauty and the first openly acknowledged consort of her type. She spent most of her time here to avoid the irritation of the Dauphin (to become Louis XI). Agnes (note that Agnus=lamb in Latin) died suddenly at age 28 in 1450 and of course poisoning was...more
There was a rise in religiosity as 1000 AD approached and the end of the world was expected. When this did not occur, the wave continued leading to much church building. in the 11C. But flat wooden roofs lead to devastating fires and stone barrel-vaulted naves felt cramped and dark reminding some of the catacombs. Architects could not find a new...more
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