Doué-la-Fontaine Travel Guide

  • Roses in town
    Roses in town
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  • TROGLODYTE  VILLAGE
    TROGLODYTE VILLAGE
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  • Church at the Troglodyte village
    Church at the Troglodyte village
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    The old Windmill

    by balhannah Written Sep 1, 2011

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    Take a look at the photo and guess what it is.

    On seeing this old construction in Doue la Fontaine, I had no idea. It was even hard to find information, but now I have, and I know I was looking at was is left of a Cavier Windmill, which dated back to 1774. All that is left is the massereau and pivot.
    Long time ago, there were lots of windmills in this area, three different varieties to be exact. We saw a Dutch windmill later on.

    It is listed as historical monument.

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    LE CHEMINS DE LA ROSE 3 more images

    by balhannah Written Sep 1, 2011

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    Imagine 4 hectares of landscaped park, mainly filled with Roses.............The perfume, the colour, the setting, no wonder they hold weddings in 'this' garden.

    It was only opened to the public in 1999, and has over 1,300 different Rose Varieties of all shapes and sizes, old & new varieties. Altogether, there are more than 13000 Rose bushes, now, that is a lot of beautiful Roses.
    Roses are named and anything to do with a Rose is available in the Kiosk/Shop, where you can have that cup of morning/afternoon tea.
    I have never seen such huge Rose bushes in all my life, they were wonderful, so full of bloom, and the perfume of some, was something to die for!!!!
    What a picture this place was.

    A MUST VISIT FOR ROSE & GARDEN LOVER'S

    OPEN......

    MID-MAY TO MID-AUGUST: 9.30AM - 7PM
    MID-AUGUST TO MID-SEPTEMBER : 10AM - 6-30PM

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    • Women's Travel

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    vultures

    by belgianchocolate Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    This is a very special zoo. Not that they have a world famous collection but the location is unique. This zoo is located in an old stone mine. Some animal cages are located in really large spaces , like the big cats , and you can walk with the ibises .... you walk in tunnels to reach another space. The vultures can leave the park if they wont , and the often fly above the area. Watch the mini hippo swim under water... If you are lucky the owner will call his siamangs. When u visit the loire vally , just leave one castle for what it is and visit this zoo.

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Doué-la-Fontaine Warnings and Dangers

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    tunnel at dou��

    by belgianchocolate Updated Nov 26, 2004

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    Although it might be sunny and a warm day... Since the zoo is build in an old stonemine (marl- mine) the lower parts and the tunnels could be cold. So if u are going , take something with you like a sweater or jacket. No problems on the higher parts.

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Doué-la-Fontaine Off The Beaten Path

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    TROGLODYTE  VILLAGE 1 more image

    by balhannah Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    Located in the area, are lots of these dwellings. We went to a Rochemenier village which was very close to Doue-La-Fontaine and wandered around the streets.
    People were living in this village. I don't know if it was 'off season,' but none of the Tourist cave's where you can go in for a look were open.
    One village for me was enough to see, can't say what I saw was anything spectacular!

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