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  • Da Vinci Memorial, Amboise, July 2008
    Da Vinci Memorial, Amboise, July 2008
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  • Castles
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Centre Things to Do

  • Old town

    Tours Things to Do

    Place Plumereau is the central square of Tours. It is the most picturesque and busiest place in Tours. Restaurants here are affordable, contrary to the habit of raising the price like hell in central squares. Therefore my advice is to take a table and enjoy a meal, a wine the view and the buzz.

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  • Castles

    Tours Things to Do

    I arrived at the train station in Tours and was met by Thierry. His plan was to take me to visit his childhood home in Noyant and along the way, he took me for a drive of the area around the Vallee du Loir. First we stopped at the castle in Saumur. The landscape on the route he took was beautiful and the Saumur Castle was the first I had ever...

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  • Churches

    Tours Things to Do

    Amateurs of the architecture of the end of the XIX century cannot pass by the extravagant pseudo-Byzantian basils. Sacred Martin's relics is based in a crypt. A legend tells us that he was a soldier of the Roman army who went in christianity when met a beggar in Amiens. You can watch my 3 min 15 sec Video Tours out of my Youtube channel.

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  • Museum

    Tours Things to Do

    The building of the museum is the former archbishop palace in Tours. One of France best provincial museum, it houses wide range collections of painting and rugs from the great houses of Touraine during the Revolution, supplemented by loans from the Musée du Louvre and the French state, gifts, bequests and acquisitions. The collection of paintings...

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  • Loire river

    Tours Things to Do

    Loire - the river of the French kings. The history of France was managed on coasts of this small but very important river. Earlier it was navigable within all the year. Now its channel is essentially narrowed. I did not see any big ship during the travel. The quay had rather thrown and neglected appearance. Walk on the quay had not delivered me a...

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  • Chateau de Villandry

    One of the tops castles to visit in the loire valley,région centre of France. Easy to get from Tours on the Routes de Vallées ,D7,later route de Tours, reaching Villandry. Trains from Paris to Tours then a taxi to Villandry is easiest.check the official site for times and prices now 10€ adults...

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  • Chateau de Vendôme

    an older castle most in ruins and now use for expositions,exhibits but still very quaint in the city and with great views over it and beyond.From the tourist office:The first fortification, built in the 11th century, was a quadrangular keep at the north-west tip of the rocky promontory (outside the park we see today, in aprivate property called "La...

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  • Church abbey de la Trinité-Vendôme

    One of the most impressive churches in the area, and full of history passing by in the valley of the kings many overlook Vendôme but they should not. The church of the Trinity is fantastics for its architecture, and history.a bit of historyOn the rocky promontory on the south side of the city lies the primitive keeps of the Château de Vendôme. It...

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  • The Faience of Gien

    One of the best in the world and right in castle country, its a must if only to see their museum. Boutique store on site. a bit of historyIt is in 18212 that English industrialist Thomas Edme Hulm, said "Hall" as his father, having sold the manufacture of Montereau run by his family since 1774, acquires the land and buildings of the former convent...

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  • Chateau de Langeais

    one of the most emblematic castles in the Loire valley and one very much attach to my new home of Brittany.Anne de Bretagne, duchess of Brittany and two times queen of France,500 anniversary of her birth exhibition from April 11 to December 31 2014 for free with the price of admission to the castle,now at 9€ adult.The costumes and decorations are...

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  • Fortress castle of Chinon

    a historic castle of France with ties to England. A great encounter of Jeanne d'Arc with the heir later Charles VII in 1429 ,that gave the impetus to secure the expulsion of the English and the solidification of the French crown. Older photos before the renovation.The castle fortress is hanging literally over the city of Chinon, built by the count...

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  • Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire

    another wonderful castle and more old photos from my vault.Chaumont-sur Loire , the castle is famous for its flower festival, and of course the history. You have great restaurants Inside and a nice boutique for souvenirs.My take on these castles is the history behind them, so would like to tell them to youIn the 10th century, Eudes 1, count of...

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  • Chateau de Valençay

    This one been long time ago,and can't find enough photos but just to show it must be visited when in the area.The castle has a very nice architecture style from renaissance to classical, and it was the property of the one and only Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord for 30 years.Valençay has very nice decoration in marble, portraits, and arts as...

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  • Chateau de Chambord

    this is the beauty in oversize proportions, sitting like a city in the middle of a vast park. It even has a village attached not far as Chambord ville.The counts of Blois built a small cottage here in the forest of Boulogne and François I from 1518 ask to erase this cottage and built a bigger one. Even Leonardo De Vinci had something to do with the...

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  • Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

    a wonderful example of the Renaissance style castles and its on the Loire. All the up to date visiting information is on the link in contact from France national monument.and the mayor's office site has a nice video presentation of ithttp://www.azaylerideau.fr/vie-culturelle/le-chateau-d-azay-le-rideau.htmlI use my car but those in public transport...

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  • Chateau de Rigny Ussé

    who ever heard of the sleeping beauty ? well this is it. the story is told here and plenty of rooms with scenes from it. I go by car the best way in the region, although you can go to Tours and get transport to there never done it on public transport so let you do the google thing if not personal experience.the hours, prices are here in...

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  • Chateau de Beauregard

    one of the emblematic castles of the loire but somehow not as popular as the others;the story, the location,and the interiors are superb. trying to dig my old photos for VT;bear with me.Old hunting chalet king François I, Beauregard has a unique Gallery of 327 portraits of its illustrious personage in its 315 year history. If that is not enough to...

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  • Cathédrale Saint Maurice,Angers

    another wonderful cathedral of the Loire and France.the parish site in French is herehttp://catholique-angers.cef.fr/Cathedrale-Saint-Maurice-Notre-DameThis is a good size Church, such as 90 meters long with a high of the nave dome of 16 meters (like at Chartres), and towers of 75 meters,the nave is 48 meters long.a bit of historyAt the beginning...

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  • Hotel Groslot

    Beautiful building full of history and very near the Cathedral go see it. It is from the 16C, it was the mayor's office then finally a place to held marriages. The Groslot family were rich merchant and did a beautiful building visited over the years by kings François II, Charles IX , as well as the regent Catherine de Médicis.Hotel Groslot was...

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  • The gardens of Chenonceau

    well you could not really stop writing about chenonceau the castle; found some garden photos so there they are.The garden of Diane de Poitiers, whose entry is controlled by the House of the Commissioner: the Chancery, built in the 16C; at the foot of which lies a pier, with a vine.At its centre lies a water jet. A surprising design for its time,...

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  • Chateau d'Anet

    in the small village of Anet lies a wonderful castle with lots of history of France, and where Diane de Poitiers lives her last years and is still buried in the castle; a favorite of king Henri II for 20 years . See my tip on Chenonceau for the bedroom of Diane there.You visit the castle April 1 to October 31 every day except Tuesdays from 14h To...

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  • Maison de la magie-Houdin

    the master is here ,the house built between 1856-1862.he was born here in 1805 , son of a native of Blois. If you like magic and who doesnt, come here, you and your kids will be glad you did. Mine wereInaugurated in 1998, the museum highlights the life and work of Robert-Houdin—multi-talented illusionist, prestidigitator, inventor, clockmaker and...

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  • A castle for the ladies

    The story is link to six woman and it is known as the castle of the ladies;here is the story of each of them briefly.In addition to castle webpage ,here is the tourist office of the regionhttp://www.chenonceaux-blere-tourisme.com/Catherine Briçonnet, the Builder (beginning of the 16C.).Bohier married Catherine Briçonnet. It was Catherine who is the...

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  • Chateau de Maintenon II

    to complement my other tip on the castle of Mme Maintenon, will have more pictures posted here.the basic information is found on the other tip.

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  • Musée des arts décoratifs Bourges

    another wonderful mansion that a museum was created in Bourges. Hotel LallemantOn entering the courtyard, notice the magnificent façade adorned with medallions in terracotta depicting Roman emperors; It shows the keen interest that caused the antiquity and the Italy at the time of its realization. The whole building brings also a whole decorative...

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  • Musée du Berry

    In the capital city of old Berry region, Bourges lies of course its museum. The collection for the origin of the museum was founded in 1834 by Claude-Denis Mater. It was housed first on a part of the Palais Jacques-Cœur ,then on the today call Hôtel d'Angleterre, rue Jacques Cœur,and later transfer from 1891 to the mansion hôtel Cujas. It is in...

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  • Moulinsart Tintin and Cheverny

    A wonderful part of the visit to this magnificent castle is to come back as a kid of you, and the stories of Tintin moulinsart etc, My boys grew up on them and have the collection of comics books BD and movies lol!This was a must stop and we have come back again. It is to the right of the castle as you enter the grounds. You can find the entire...

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  • castle of Cheverny

    a wonderful decorated castle of FRench history and hunting tradition, a must see in the Loire. Plus for children a wonderful story on Tintin, the cartoon character.inside the dining room : The room is decorated with 34 wooden panels painted by Jean Mosnier illustrating the story of Don Quixote. The furniture includes a set from the 19th century,...

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  • Chateau d'Amboise

    I come here several times a year, business and then family as we gather our house wines in the area.What can I add more to one of the most beautiful of the Loire castles, a bit of history tells us that by the year 503AD, Amboise enters our history as there the meeting of Clovis ,king of the Francs and Alaric, king of the visigoths took place. AFter...

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  • Chateau de Maintenon

    great castle very well kept of Madame de Maintenon, one of the favorites of the king Louis XIV for many years. Took care of his natural children and secretly married to him in 1683. She was given the title of Marquise de Maintenon. She was Madame de Maintenon (born Françoise d’Aubigné ,Nov 27, 1635 at the prison of Niort and died April 15, 1719 at...

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  • Garden Festival at Chateau Chaumont

    Don't miss the Chateau Chaumont Festival of Gardens. It is great fun, even if you don't care much for gardens. Every year they choose a theme and gardeners create small gardens on that theme. Many are interactive so do take the children. Everyone prepare to have fun!One year they had a rectangular garden with bamboo wind chimes (huge ones)...

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  • Bicycling in the Loire - Loire a velo

    For bicycle touring in France, I found an incredibly useful web site . . . oddly found it from the Peugeot Open-Europe automobile lease folks. The web site lists itineraries, accomodation specifically for bicyclists, places to hire bicycles, places to repair bicycles and also package holidays for those who don’t want to do anything except bike and...

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  • chateau de Blois

    A must to come here is the Chateau Royal de Blois, is a very nice, historical ,and richly decorated castle. It is built around an inmense courtyard showing all the French architecture of the middle ages to the classical period. The exterior can be resume in the gothic section or medieval fortress 13C, moving to the wing Louis XII 1498-1503AD, the...

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  • Cathedral St Louis

    The Cathédrale Saint-Louis dates from the 12C, 16C, and 17C, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1678AD and rebuilt with the aid of Colbert as his wife was from the town. A marvel of a cathedral not often mentioned but worth the detourThe best is the first chapel where you find a sculpture vase in marble representing the baptism of Chris that was...

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  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Chartres

    A monumenta cathedral housing treasures of French art even away from the public in the basement waiting for a place to show them lol!! I have been lucky to be there and help unpacked and packed these beauties with French historians and members of the Ministry of Culture of France.A lot been said here from visitors, so will be brief, and my photos...

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  • Chenonceau ,the castle

    a lovely castle in addition to my other tip had some photos left, this is a must when in the loire valley, a fine castle perfectly built and great historical anecdotes of France, many already written in VT so wont repeat here.briefBuilt in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, enriched by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, Save during the French...

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  • Chateau du Clos-Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci

    Cant talk about the castle without telling you Leonardo Da Vinci lived here did his works here,and died here. Buried in the chapel.a bit of historyThe story really starts with the reign of king Louis XI in 1471. The castle is offered by the king to his favorite Etienne le Loup, that noble by the king takes residence there. The place was then call...

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  • Palais Jacques Coeur-Bourges

    wonderful hotel particulier of a native son going rich, born here Jacques Coeur in 1400, name treasurer of the king, Charles VII in 1439, and given a nobility title he starts the construction of this beautiful mansion.The wonderful western facade, raise over a gallo roman circle opposing by a great rich ornamentation that facade given to the...

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  • Cathedral Saint Etienne de Bourges

    One of the great Cathedrals of France and a must to see, big ,wonderful ,and full of great museums all around it.a bit of history, tell us that is it was around 1195AD, that Henri de Sully, archebishop of Bourges, and brother of Eudes de Sully, bishop of Paris made a donation to the chapter of the cathédrale de Bourges. This donation is the...

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  • Maison Jeanne d'Arc

    This is renovated house that purporsely states the Joanne d'Arc lived here. Now its a museum, renacting the battle of Orleans that she helped free.her story in Englishhttp://www.jeannedarc.com.fr/centre/centre.htm

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  • Cathedral de St Croix

    very old cathedral, a church here from 330AD, the Cathedral of the Bourbons, and so many history its very nice to see, the one thing that makes me come is Joanne d'ArcEvery year on May 7 while the feast Joanne or Fêtes Johanniques takes place on the aprvis the remise of the standard (that resemble that of joanne d'arc) is shown. the Cathedral gets...

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  • Château de Chenonceau

    The Château de Chenonceau is a manor house near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley. It was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher. The current manor was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme.My VT-page about a trip to Chenonceau in August of 1995.You can watch my 2 min 56 sec Video Chenonceau...

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  • Tours

    Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.It is located on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France, although it is...

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  • Château de Chambord

    The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I. Chambord is the...

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  • Orleans

    Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 130 kilometres southwest of Paris. It is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre region.Orléans is located on the Loire River. Orléans belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage...

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