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    Chateau Meung-sur-Loire

    by gwened Written Apr 20, 2014

    another example of castle building in the Loire or Centre région of France. not as famous or visited as the others but nevertheless a castle in the Loire.

    The castle was built in the 12C near the church of Saint-Liphard to serve as residence of the bishops of Orléans. In the 13C, the bishops leave the castle and it became a prison; in the war of 100 years, the castle was a fortress freed by Joanne of Arc in 1429 during a big battle here.

    One of its most famous moment was when it serves as prison for the poet François Villon in 1461 by orders of the bishop of Orléans. It is still richly decorated.

    The castle is abandoned at the end of the 16C until the beginning of the 18C. During the French revolution, it is sold and acquired by private owners. Still you can see it for 8,50€ adults admission see the link for current détails in English

    you can get there at 16 Place du Martroi where near the tourist office you will see the castle, I come by car, so digged a couple of photos from the vault. there are train connections but need to check the site TER Centre

    arriving Chateau de Meung-sur-Loire inside walls, tour
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    Gates of St George- Vendôme

    by gwened Written Apr 17, 2014

    a wonderful arch entrance to the town and lovely history ,nice to see, and drive under it! here is something from the tourist office of Vendôme

    This gate is the sole survivor of the four gates that once monitored access to the town. In 1437, Count John VIII granted a permanent concesstion for the gate to the town's aldermen, who then decided to hold their meetings in it. The gate was decorated with medallions in the 16th century. Town Council meetings and weddings have again been held here since the gate underwent restoration in 1959 following the fire caused by June 1940 air raid.
    The "Fisseau House" next to the St. George Gate dates from 1947. Mr. Albert Fisseau, a master carpenter, built the timbered house. One of the dormer windows is particularly ornate.

    full of interesting twists into the old town and driving it is a passion.

    porte Saint George
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    Pagoda de Chanteloupe

    by gwened Written Mar 28, 2014

    one of the unique sites coming out from Amboise away from the Loire is the pagoda of chanteloupe It is along road D431 very easy by car.10€ for adults admission now,check site for updates.

    great for the children as it is around a lake and on the road to quaint town of Blére on the river Cher.

    There was a castle here from 1715 but Étienne François de Choiseul , that is a principal minister in the court of king Louis XV, between 1758 and 1770. He was disgrace in 1770 for not liking the king favorite Madame du Barry,and ask to retire at Chanteloup unitl the death of the king in 1774. After Choiseul death in 1785 the widow bequest the castle to the duke de Penthièvre, father in law of the princess de Lamballe. 1792 it becomes State property. It was sold in auction in 1802 to Jean-Antoine Chaptal,minister of the interior under Napoléon Ier. Afterward,all becomes in decay slowly until it is demolished with the exception of the Pagode, acquired in 1823 by the duke Louis-Philippe d'Orléans.

    Then, you have the pagoda, the short in of the history is this one, as brief as possible
    The Chanteloup pagoda stands at the edge of the forest of Amboise, on the edge of a vast semicircular water lake which extended to the South by a great today grassed channel and forming a lawn .

    It was built between 1775 and 1778, at the request of the duc de Choiseul, full-scale temple to friendship, as a tribute to the loyalty of those who, braving the King, came to visit him at Chanteloup during his disgrace.

    On the first floor, Choiseul was burn the names of its visitors on white marble tables, then returned face against the wall. This construction, and development of a large "water mirror" in half-moon completed by a large canal in which it is reflected, completed the transformation of the gardens of Chanteloup; It was intended for night parties.

    In order to bring the waters of the pond ,a channel through the forest of 13 kms was built, which was destroyed during the French Revolution to retrieve the pipeline lead...

    44 meters high, the pagoda has six floors, recessed on each other , which are based on a peristyle circular of 16 columns and 16 pillars. The general silhouette evokes these "Chinoiserie" fantasy in vogue in the 18C, like that of Kew, near London, heavy construction cylindrical brick resting on a huge basement - where the name of "Pagoda" is shown, the colonnade, the four balconies of wrought iron and any decoration are pure Louis XVI style.
    The boldness of the architect, who built each floor ' dome' is cut each of them, supporting the floors by the 142 markets staircase that climbs up to the top.
    it was built at the point of convergence of seven long forest aisles of three leagues each, it has seven levels, its base has sixteen columns and pillars, the stairs to seven markets, it is surmounted by a globe gilded symbolizing the Sun and the water at his feet part has the shape of a half moon.

    The pagoda was restored in 1908-1910 , the "ancient gardens of Chanteloup: stll belongs to the descendants. The depot of the Concierge, built at the entrance to the esplanade of the pagoda, now houses an exhibition of reproductions of plans, tables that allow to get an idea of the splendour of the domain. Two vases form called "Medici" marble godronnes decorate the esplanade of the Wilson Bridge at Tours;a pair of Sphinxes frame the driveway of the chateau of Chenonceau; two tall stone columns in the wooded park of the Château de Valmer to Chancay.

    just marble it ,the size and impression are grand,in a lovely park and surrounded by beautiful castles at short distances.

    Pagode de Chantaloupe
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    Pressoirs d'Epernon

    by gwened Written Dec 23, 2013

    these were old cellars from the 12C built on stone with 3naves and 7 vaulted support crossing, on cap pylons with sculptures and chalk ogives or hole to stock.

    They can be visited from the tourist office. They are now use for parties, events, weddings etc.

    You can come from Paris montparnase to Epernon. TER trains. By car from Paris take the A13 direction Rouen, then A12 at the interchange of Rocquencourt direction Rambouillet/Chartres ,at the N10,take direction Rambouillet. Go around Rambouillet, and after passing the big shopping center Carrefour,take direction Orphin-Epernon.

    ent to the Pressoirs
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    Church of St Pierre-le-Guillard -Bourges

    by gwened Written Dec 12, 2013

    Local tradition attributes its foundation to a miracle of saint Anthony of Padua, whose passage is attested in Bourges around 1225-1230. On one of the walls of the Church. There, under the title Miracle of the mule, an animal on his knees (on its front legs, a performance), facing St. Anthony of Padua. The Foundation of Saint-Pierre-le-Guillard, his full name, originated from the mule of a Jew named Guillard.

    Animals deprived of food for three days would be abandoned, according to legend, his Peck of oats, preferring to kneel before saint Antoine. Nobody knew what pickle the animal. The fact remains that before this miracle, the converted Jew would have promised to do, at its expense, to build a church on this site. What was done since the Saint-Pierre Church exists today.

    As the Cathedral Saint-Etienne is contemporary, the Church is without transept and has an ambulatory with radiating chapels. The stone of the nave vaults dating probably from the beginning of the 16th century: they have replaced a panneled frame. The side chapels have retained for the most part, their interior decor: reliefs in carved stone, murals, table of the French school of the 17th century, canopies of Lobin workshop (19th century).

    church Saint Pierre-le-Guillard inside nave of church St Pierre-le-Guillard
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    walk the quais along the Loire

    by gwened Written Nov 21, 2013

    This is the magical river of the Loire Valley and appropiately call the Loire. Along it are wonderful pathways and beautiful views of the city.

    you will see the bridges and buildings from another perpective. Also, the flooding warnings of it, here
    http://www.vigicrues.gouv.fr/niveau3.php?idstation=574&idspc=10&typegraphe=h&AffProfondeur=72&AffRef=auto&AffPrevi=non&nbrstations=7&ong=3

    Its biggest activity there is in September with the Festival de la Loire, a wonderful spectacle indeed
    http://www.orleans.fr/evenementiel/festival-de-loire-2013/accueil.htm

    great weekends that my family has enjoyed such as at the tourist office offering
    http://tourisme-orleans.com/en/orleans-autrement/1299-test.html

    from the department Loiret tourist office info on the river Loire
    http://www.tourism-loiret.com/en/423/pages/d/a-remarkable-heritage/a-landscape-shaped-by-the-water/page/0

    The Loire River is the longest river in France, with a length of 1,012 km2. Although its first tributary, the Aigré Négra has moved 4 kms to the confluence vs. 2.5 kms to the Loire, its source is considered be in Ardèche, at the mont Gerbier-de-Jonc in the Massif central. Its estuary is meanwhile in the Loire-Atlantique department, West of the region of the country of the Loire and West of Anjou.

    The part of its course located downstream of the confluence of the Vienne at the height of the commune of Candes-Saint-Martin in Indre-et-Loire, and Saint-Nazaire, is called the low-Loire (basse loire). The part of the basse Loire from its estuary in the Fresne-sur-Loire, is called « loire Bretonne», between Ingrandes and Nantes for his part called the «Val de Bretagne». The 117 000 km2 watershed occupies more than a fifth of the present territory. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Loire was the main way by which transiting goods from the Interior of the country to the port of Nantes;then came the train and change all that.

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    Aquarium du Val de Loire

    by gwened Written Nov 18, 2013

    It's a nice aquarium great for families todo something else than castle visiting. It is smallist but well layout and nice presentation.

    You will see more than 10,000 fish of our rivers, rivers and ponds. Admire the giant Chinese carps and impressive catfish. Shiver with piranhas, sharks, and Cayman.

    The fishes are presented in 53 basins (2 million cubic meters of water). For the smaller kids , they have a touch pool where they can touch the fish. What will not be the case in the crocodile pit! The feeding of fish every day at 11 h, 16, and 17 h: a unique spectacle for children! And more impressive, you go under water entering tunnel 15 meters long shark

    It is located at Lussault-sur-Loire not far from Amboise on the D751 road. Admission is 14€ adults and children 4-12 pays 10,50€; The hours are February to March and September to December from 10h to 16h, and April to May from 10h30 to 19h , in July and August it is open from 10h to 20h

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    Museum of Best craftmans of France

    by gwened Written Oct 27, 2013

    This is a wonderful educational museum. The Musée des meilleurs ouvriers de France in Bourges is in the old episcopal palace dating from 12C ,in the process of the separation of State and Church in France in 1905, by 1909 the episcopal palace became part of the city of Bourges.

    The museum was installed there since 1995.

    The museum is presented in two floors, the main collections, medal souvenirs tell us the story of the order of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France from its creation in 1924 by the government, categorise the crafts into 200 professions. The grande salle or main floor at street level has every year a temporary collection of a craft or an acitivity llink to the work of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France

    It show you what you were interested in coming to France in the first place, history, and crafts even the cooking one !!!

    It is about 30 meters from the Cathedral just go around the back of it to your right and there is the episcopal palace in front of the gardens of the bishop.

    medals of honor of France restaurant craft section at museum of crafts
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    walk the vinyards of Amboise Touraine

    by gwened Updated Apr 3, 2013

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    Well this is my area that go every year to gather wines, sorry dont have too many photos here.
    Just in case you are dropping by on July 1 every year there is a walk in the vinyards of Limeray of the Amboise-Touraine appellation, held by the Lions international charity club and several winegrowers n the region.
    Sunday July 7, 2013, 6 kms from city center Amboise in the village of Limarey, you walk about 5 kms into the vinyards with about 6 stops for tasting the local products and wines. 35€ per person all inclusive ,children under 15 pay only 20€ and free water along the chemins.
    this year is their 10th anniversary!!!

    Before we had there
    crémant de Loire with cakes au lard as apero
    Touraine Amboise rosé with Rillons et Rillettes de Touraine
    Touraine Amboise blanc (sec tendre) with medallion de Brochet et sa garniture
    Touraine Amboise rouge (Cuvée François I) light wine with La Dame Noire, Céline de Touraine et ses Pommes vapeur
    Touraine Amboise rouge (Cuvée Prestige) close to a bordeaux, Fromages including the goat's cheese
    Touraine Amboise blanc (moelleux, semi sweet) Nougat de Tours
    Café

    The participating vinyards this year are
    Domaine des Bessons
    Domaine Dutertre (our wines)
    Domaine Mesland
    Percereau, Philippe
    Domaine de la Tonnelerie
    you can buy all these wines on site, and the participation of the high school or Lycée Viticole d'Amboise with its grape juices. Invited region Switzerland of Wil Grill Fascht Visperterminen

    See more here
    http://promenadegourmande.free.fr/

    highly recommended if in the area. The site will have the updated itinerary ,participants ,menus etc, it changes every year.

    the man behind the event to the right Mr Dutertre
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    vélo or bike ride in Sancerre

    by gwened Written Sep 11, 2012

    you can book with the tourist office there
    http://www.berrycyclettes.fr/-principe-et-tarifs-

    that is the site they recommend. Its a nice ride in a vélo or bike in the vinyards.

    and this outfit I have used and very good, tells you all about it in English
    http://www.cycling-loire.com/cycling-useful-information

    hope it helps

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    Take a Detour to Meslay-le-Grenet Church

    by hquittner Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    If you are in Chartres or near it with a car do not miss this unusual sight. You may never see even its rough equivalent in your travels. There is no town listing for Meslay in VT and it does not appear in most guide books. Its population is 150. It is on the map about 15 km south of Chartres. The church is 15C and its walls are covered with painted pictures most illustrating the poem of the Danse Macabre (anonymous) of that period (1420). It was a time of War (the 100 years War was just over), Pestilence (the Black Deathof 1348) and a famine was in progress. (the 3 Scourges of the Apocalypse). The arrival of printing led to the production of sardonic satires like the Danse and wide distribution. How in the late 15C it came to be incorporated as a sermon on the frailty of mortal man on the church walls is unrecorded.( Incideentally the baley is a sort of sheriff who was responsible for collecting "land-rents" from the peasants). There are a handful of Danses in churches around Europe and I have seen one other that is not as extensive in France not far off, but this one is the best that exists. I will add further material someday under Off the Beaten Path in my Chartres pages.

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